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A photo provided by the Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff's Office shows Quebec's Pascale Ferrier.HO/The Associated Press

Washington A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison last year to former United States president Donald Trump pleaded not guilty to added charges in a Washington court on Monday.

Pascale Ferrier, who was previously charged with threatening to kill and injure the U.S. president, now also faces charges of sending threats through the mail and violating biological weapons prohibitions.

All three charges stem from a letter containing the poison ricin that U.S. federal prosecutors allege Ms. Ferrier sent to Mr. Trump at the White House, with a note that if the poison didn’t work, the writer would use their gun.

David Bos, a public defender representing Ferrier, asked U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich to recommend that Ms. Ferrier, who is currently being held in a regional jail in Virginia, be transferred to another facility.

Mr. Bos and Eugene Ohm, a public defender also representing Ms. Ferrier, say the video conference system used by the jail makes it difficult to share evidence with Ms. Ferrier and that it is too far away to visit her easily.

Ms. Ferrier was arrested at the U.S. border on Sept. 20, and U.S. authorities say she had a loaded semi-automatic handgun and nearly 300 rounds of ammunition in her vehicle.

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

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