A search was carried out on Monday by the RCMP on boul. Vauquelin, in the arr. de Saint-Hubert, in connection with a contaminated letter sent to the White House. A few units of a condo building, that is, the one linked to the investigation as well as neighboring ones, were evacuated. The RCMP’s specialized assistance unit for all chemical, bacteriological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) questions was called to the scene.
US media reported on Saturday that the Secret Service had intercepted a poisoned letter from Canada which was intended for the White House. Yesterday a woman was arrested by US police in New York State in Buffalo.
“This unit [d’habitation de Saint-Hubert] is linked to the suspect, ”confirms Corporal Charles Poirier, spokesperson for the RCMP.
Packages “which appear to contain a highly toxic substance” were also shipped to Texas, he said.
“There has been talk of castor oil in the media, but at this point we do not rule out the possibility that it is something else as well. This is the reason why we took our precautions and called in our specialized units to help us, ”says Mr. Poirier.
Ricin is a very dangerous toxin, 6,000 times more toxic than cyanide.
The specialized units carried out the first approach to the targeted housing unit, before the police carried out the search.
There is no question at the moment of evacuating other units, but “if the situation changes, it is possible that the block will be evacuated”.
The Longueuil agglomeration police department and the Longueuil agglomeration fire safety department are also on site. The investigation is being conducted by the FBI.
The operation must continue for several more hours, according to Corporal Poirier. The boul. Vauquelin is closed to traffic between rue du R-100 and boul. Roland-Therrien.