Ohio man arrested over ricin found in home

The former owner of a Coventry Township, Ohio, house where toxic materials found to be ricin were discovered has been arrested under a federal charge of illegal possession of a biological substance.

Jeffrey Levenderis, was the former owner of the home. The home had fallen into foreclosure and new residents had moved in, alerting authorities about a hazardous substance, Ohio.com reports.

The arrest was announced during a news conference on Friday in Coventry Township. While the FBI would not speculate on a motive for the possession of ricin, it ruled out terrorism as the intended use.

Ricin is a highly toxic substance that can be made from castor beans. Even small doses of the material can be lethal. FBI spokesman Scott Wilson told Ohio.com that only a small amount of ricin was found in the home.

Parts of the area where the ricin was found, including sections of South Main Street in Coventry Township, will be closed while authorities search nearby homes for any additional toxic materials.

"Ricin is a very poisonous toxin that certainly can be fatal if it's injected or you breathe it in or you eat it," Wilson said, according to CNN. "They're still doing a second search of the residence to make sure there aren't any other hazardous materials in the house."