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Woman arrested for ricin letter to Trump identified, reportedly told president to ‘give up’ on election

A gavel cracks down. (Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid/U.S. Air Force)

The Canadian woman accused of addressing a ricin-packed letter to President Trump told the president to “give up and remove your application for this election,” the Associated Press reported. The suspicious envelope was discovered last Friday at a mail sorting facility and never got close to Trump.

Pascale Ferrier, 53, made her first court appearance Tuesday in Buffalo and was officially charged with threatening the president, according to CTV News. Ferrier was arrested Sunday at the U.S.-Canada border.

According to court documents, Ferrier wrote, “I made a ‘special gift’ for you to make a decision. This gift is in this letter. If it doesn’t work, I’ll find better recipe for another poison, or I might use my gun when I’ll be able to come. Enjoy! FREE REBEL SPIRIT,” the AP reported.

Ferrier was carrying a gun and a knife when she was arrested.

Six other letters containing ricin and marked with Canadian postage were discovered at a Texas mail facility earlier this week, according to the CBC. Ferrier was briefly jailed in the Lone Star State in 2019, and the letters were addressed to authorities involved in the case.

Ricin is a highly toxic bean extract that has been used in terror plots and comes in powder, pellet, mist or acid form.

The poison can cause nausea, vomiting and internal bleeding of the stomach and intestines, followed by failure of the liver, spleen and kidneys, and death by collapse of the circulatory system.


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