The affidavit also said that the letter contained a message to Trump that read, in part: “I found a new name for you: ‘The Ugly Tyrant Clown.’ I hope you like it. You ruin USA and lead them to disaster.”
The message referred to the poison in the envelope as a “special gift,” adding that if it didn’t work, the sender might find a “better recipe for another poison” or resort to using a gun, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit accuses Ferrier of mailing six similar letters from Canada to Texas addressed to individuals working at prisons or detention centres where she had been incarcerated in 2019. It was not clear from the court documents whether any of those envelopes reached their intended destination. Ferrier was not charged in connection with them.
US authorities arrested Ferrier on the Canada-US border on Sunday, at the so-called Peace Bridge that runs between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo. According to the FBI affidavit, she told US Customs and Border Protection officers that she was “wanted by the FBI for the ricin letters,” and was found to be carrying a loaded firearm in her waistband, as well as a knife.
Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb linked to the suspect. She has joint Canadian and French citizenship, two sources said.
She was due to make her initial court appearance before US Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. at 4pm local time.
So far no evidence that she is linked to political, or extremist groups have been uncovered, law enforcement sources said.
Ricin is found naturally in castor beans, and turning it into a biological weapon would take a deliberate act.