FBI investigates ricin in Ohio

FBI hazardous materials teams descended on a house in West Toledo, Ohio, on October 27 where the byproducts of ricin had been found the day before.

Scott Wilson, an FBI spokesman, annsaidounced that the case does not appear to be related to terrorism, despite the presence of the byproducts of ricin that were found, according to the Toledo Blade.

Nine officers reported feeling sick while in the house and were taken to two area hospitals. Some of the FBI employees had flown in from the agency’s academy, located in Quantico Virginia.  

Police had been called to Thomas Wineiger’s house on the afternoon of October 26 by Wineiger’s wife, the Toledo Blade reports. She said she feared for her life because of threats from her husband. When the police arrived, Wineiger tried to flee but was apprehended before reaching his vehicle.

Wineiger’s wife then led police to a cache that included the byproduct of ricin, mushrooms and other drugs.

The fire department later conducted a hazardous materials response at the Safety Building, where the byproduct of ricin had been taken.

Wineiger is being held on $100,000 bond. He faces three counts each of possession of drugs and one count each of possessing criminal tools and trafficking drugs.