French/Canadian national pleads guilty to sending deadly poison to President Trump in 2020

Texas law enforcement also targeted

Updated: January 25, 2023 - 3:10pm

A French/Canadian national pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having mailed then-President Donald Trump deadly ricin in 2020. 

Pascale Cecile Veronique Ferrier "admitted in the plea agreements that she made ricin at her residence in Quebec, Canada, in September 2020," the Justice Department said in a press release; after making the poison, Ferrier mailed it "to then-President Trump at the White House and to eight Texas State law enforcement officials."

Ricin is a highly deadly poison made from castor beans. Ferrier had been "detained in the State of Texas for around 10 weeks in the spring of 2019," the Justice Department said, leading her to target the officers she believed were connected to that detainment. 

Sentencing is scheduled for April in D.C. district court. Ferrier "will be sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment if the court accepts the plea agreements," or around 21 years.