Law enforcement officials have detained the woman suspected of sending a ricin tainted letter to Donald Trump.
The woman was trying to enter the United States from Canada at a border crossing in New York, according to a law enforcement official. The New York Times previously reported that the suspect was a Canadian woman.
Law enforcement officials intercepted a package sent to Donald Trump last week. According to CNN, the letter contained a granular substance with similar physical characteristics to ground castor beans.
Field and laboratory tests confirmed that the substance was ricin, a very toxic chemical that causes severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested and difficulty breathing and fluid build up in the lungs if inhaled. These symptoms can last for weeks and the patient can die of shock or multiple organ failure.
NBC News reports that the suspect allegedly sent other letters to federal prisons that were discovered in different facilities. It wasn’t immediately clear which prisons the letters were sent to or who the recipients were.