Tarvess David Taylor was arrested after investigators found forensic evidence that connected him to the hoax letters. He was held without bail because he may still pose a threat to the community. Five envelopes he allegedly sent contained a powder, later found to be the cleaning substance Ajax, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Taylor also allegedly sent four expletive-filled anonymous letters that threatened himself and his family in October.
One employee who came into contact with the powder suffered a burning sensation on their hands and in the eyes, and the sheriff’s office headquarters and the main county courthouse closed for a short period of time after the envelopes were found.
Taylor pleaded not guilty to five counts of making a hoax threat on Friday. Taylor was already facing multiple felony charges in state court due to an incident in December 2008 when he allegedly tried to run over a Pembroke Pines police office.
“Although the powder contained in the envelopes mailed by the defendant contained non-biohazardous materials, they nonetheless caused anxiety and emotional distress to the recipients and incurred a disruption of government operations,” Michael Walleisa, a prosecutor on the case, said, according to the Sun Sentinel.