UPDATE MONDAY, SEPT. 21, 2:57 P.M.
The Canadian woman accused of mailing envelopes containing the poison ricin to President Donald J. Trump and local law enforcement agencies has been identified.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation identified Pascale Ferrier, 53, as the suspect in this case.
Ferrier was previously arrested last year on misdemeanor charges.
Hidalgo County jail records for Ferrier show she was arrested on March 13, 2019 on two charges of unlawful carrying a weapon and one charge of tampering with a governmental record. The Mission Municipal Court arraigned her on these charges and placed her on a $15,000 cash surety bond before the charges were dismissed.
A woman who was arrested and accused of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin to the White House may have also sent them to law enforcement agencies in the Valley.
An unidentified Canadian national was arrested Sunday while trying to enter the United States from Canada and is believed to have been responsible for mailing a letter addressed to President Donald J. Trump containing the highly toxic poison that can cause organ failure and death.
The Associated Press reported that multiple law enforcement agencies in the Rio Grande Valley were also mailed letters containing ricin over the weekend and are believed to have been mailed by the same person.
Mission police spokesman Investigator Art Flores confirmed that a letter was received by Mission police on Thursday or Friday but it was not immediately clear if the letter contained ricin or not. The suspect, he said, was arrested by Mission police last year.
A Sunday story from the New York Times reported that the suspect had been living in the United States last year and was arrested in March 2019 Mission police for multiple charges including possession of an unlicensed weapon, resisting arrest and carrying a fake driver’s license.
While in the Hidalgo County Jail, authorities discovered that she had overstayed her six-month visa and had violated the terms of her passport by committing a crime while in the United States, and she was deported back to Canada, according to the news report.
The woman is expected to appear in federal court later this week.
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