CTV News reported that a woman in Winnipeg was sentenced for trying to buy biological and chemical weapons in the United States and has now been arrested by the North Dakota State Police.
According to court records, the woman is 37 years old and is a Shijie Liu, a Chinese resident of Winnipeg, Ontario. Liu Shijie attempted to purchase a highly toxic chemical agent and protective equipment including masks, aprons, gloves, etc. through the dark web from February 15 to March 15, 2019 . The seller that Liu Shijie contacted was the FBI agent lurking in the dark web.
The court documents did not specify the name of the highly toxic chemical agent, and no information has yet been revealed as to the purpose of Liu Shijie’s purchase of chemical weapons. But it shows that Liu Shijie admitted that the meter he bought was 10 ml.
According to Liu Shijie’s plea agreement, she drove a white Subaru Forester SUV with a trailer in March last year and traveled to the United States across the Pembina border on the grounds of shopping for a day trip at Grand Forks. But when leaving the country, border officials found that her car was filled with suspicious packages. After further inspection of the package, border officials found that Liu Shijie was using a fake identity: Liu Zhuli, and lied that his package was taken by a friend. The local US police immediately arrested Liu Shijie and sent the package in her car to the Department of Homeland Security.
After being arrested, Liu Shijie confessed his crimes and volunteered “I know I did something wrong”. On June 22, Liu Shijie was sentenced to six years in prison by the North Dakota State Court for attempting to acquire chemical weapons and was held in a local prison until he could be transferred to Canada to serve his sentence.