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Canadian woman sentenced in US for trying to get chemical weapon off dark web

A Winnipeg woman has been sentenced to six years in the United States for trying to purchase a toxin off the dark web.

Sijie Liu, who is 37, was sentenced in a US District Court in North Dakota on June 22 after pleading guilty to attempting to acquire a chemical weapon.

Court documents say Liu went on the dark web, which is part of the internet only accessible through tailored software, to try an buy the toxin.

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But she was, in fact, communicating with an undercover agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In March 2019, Liu crossed the border and went to a business in Pembina, ND to pick up a package under a false name and was arrested outside.

She is to remain incarcerated in the US until she can be transferred to Canada to serve the rest of her sentence.



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