Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb linked to the woman arrested for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and to five other addresses in Texas of United States, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.
US authorities arrested a woman at the US-Canada border near Buffalo, New York, on Sunday on suspicion that she sent the deadly poison by mail, addressed to the White House.The woman has joint Canadian and French citizenship, two sources said on Monday, News 18.
She will appear on Tuesday at 4 pm EDT (2000 GMT) in Buffalo before Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr., a spokeswoman for the federal court in the Western District of New York said.
“We believe a total of six letters were sent, one to the White House and five to Texas,” RCMP officer Charles Poirier said outside the modern brown and grey building where the search was taking place. “We can’t confirm that she lived in (the apartment), but it is connected to her.”
The FBI is investigating several suspected ricin letters sent to law enforcement and detention facilities in South Texas, a US law enforcement source told Reuters.
So far they have not found any link to political or terrorist groups, but the investigation is ongoing, the source said.
The RCMP’s special Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives team is leading the operation, the RCMP said.Ricin is found naturally in castor beans but it takes a deliberate act to convert it into a biological weapon.
Ricin can cause death within 36 to 72 hours from exposure to an amount as small as a pinhead. No known antidote exists.