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Woman accused of sending White House a poison letter arrested: sources

Washington: A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. Her name was not immediately released.

Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, according to a law enforcement official.

Federal officials have intercepted an envelope addressed to the White House that contained the poison ricin, according to a law enforcement official.Credit:AP

The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials.

The officials were not authorised to discuss the ongoing investigation publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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