FBI says tests confirm ricin found in Coventry Township house

Man arrested after ricin found in house

COVENTRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The FBI has announced the substance found in a Coventry Township home was ricin.

The Akron office of the FBI received a tip on Monday about a possible hazardous substance at a house in the 2000 block of South Main Street. The next day, the FBI’s Hazardous Materials Response Unit from Quantico, Virginia and the FBI's Pittsburgh Hazardous Response Team searched the home.

According to a news release from the FBI on Friday, FBI labs confirm the hazardous substance was ricin, which can be deadly if ingested or inhaled . The toxin is derived from the castor bean.

The FBI said during a news conference Friday that an arrest has made and 54-year-old Jeffery Levenderis, of Coventry Township, will appear in Akron federal court on Friday.

Levenderis used to live at the house and another person was in the process of moving in. He faces one count of having a dangerous or toxic substance. Authorities do not believe this has any connection to terrorism.

Summit County Health Commissioner Gene Nixon said in a news release that there have been no illnesses related to the discovery of the toxin and the substance has been contained.

The FBI said the ricin was found in a small container and was transported to the National BioForensics Analysis Center Laboratory in Maryland. They will do another search of the house on Friday.

On Tuesday, the FBI said that they did not believe anyone was in danger and no homes were evacuated.

The Coventry Township Fire Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Department also assisted in the investigation.

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