Fla. man charged with mailing powder and threats

A Miami Gardens, Florida, man charged with mailing threatening letters that contained powder to the Broward County Courthouse and the Broward Sheriff's office was ordered held without bail on Friday.

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.