Dual Citizen of France and Canada Who Mailed Ricin to President Trump Pleads Guilty | CNN Politics


A dual citizen of France and Canada pleaded guilty Wednesday to sending letters containing homemade ricin to then-President Donald Trump at the White House and eight Texas law enforcement officials.

Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier sent threatening letters containing the poison in September 2020, according to the plea agreement filed in federal court in Washington, DC.

Under the agreement, Ferrier made ricin at his home in Quebec, Canada, and put the poison in letters to Trump and Texas officials.

The letters included references to a “special gift” and said that “if it doesn’t work, I’ll find a better recipe for another poison,” according to the agreement. In several letters, Ferrier wrote that she “could use my gun when she can go.”

In his letter to Trump, Ferrier wrote: “You ruin America and lead to disaster. I have American cousins, so I don’t want the next 4 years with you as president. Resign and delete your application for this election!”

Ferrier had previously been detained in Texas for several weeks in 2019 and decided to send letters containing ricin to law enforcement officers she believed were involved in her detention, the agreement says.

What makes ricin so dangerous?

After sending the letters from Canada, Ferrier was arrested trying to cross the border into the US with a loaded gun, hundreds of ammunition and various other weapons, according to the department.

Ferrier told border officials that the FBI was looking for her in the letters, the agreement says.

“This woman was unsuccessful in her efforts to poison numerous public officials in our district, but her actions created fear and stress for many of these dedicated public servants,” US Attorney Alamdar Hamdani said in a Justice Department statement.

Ferrier will be sentenced on April 26. She faces more than 21 years in prison if the court accepts the plea agreements.

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