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Prosecutors oppose release of Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to Donald Trump

Prosecutors in the United States say a Canadian woman accused of sending poisoned letters to President Donald Trump is too dangerous to be released.

In a memo filed with the Washington D.C. district court on Friday, acting U.S. attorney Michael Sherwin argued that Pascale Ferrier poses a flight risk.

Sherwin also cited the nature of the crimes Ferrier is accused of and the strength of the government’s evidence in the memo.

Ferrier was arrested at a U.S. border crossing on Sept. 20.

U.S. authorities say she was in possession of a handgun and several other weapons as well as a fake Texas driver’s licence when she was arrested.

Ferrier has been charged with sending a letter containing the poison ricin, which was intercepted before being delivered to the White House.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 2, 2020.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

The Canadian Press

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