(ABC) – Could the poisonous ricin-laced mail sent to President Obama and a U.S. senator have been an act of revenge? Overnight FBI in full hazmat gear raided the Mississippi apartment of 41-year-old Everett Dutschke.
“I have never seen anything this blown out of proportion,” Dutschke told ABC News.
Dutschke said he wants to clear his name and consented to the search. He once ran for a seat in Mississippi House of Representatives. One of the poisoned letters went to Mississippi U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.
No charges have been filed against Dutschke.
When asked if they’d find anything suspicious while searching his home, he told ABC News, “Everyone has something suspicious in their house, but no, there is nothing related to those letters.”
On Tuesday, after spending nearly a week in jail and after multiple home searches turned up empty, charges were dropped against the man initially suspected of sending the letters, Paul Kevin Curtis, who says the case has been “overwhelming.”
"When you’ve been charged with something and you’ve never heard of ricin or whatever, I thought they said rice, so I said, ‘I don’t even eat rice,’” explained Curtis.
Curtis’ lawyers suggest he might have been set up.
In 2007, Dutschke allegedly posted a YouTube video suggesting Curtis was destroying his campaign.
Weeks ago, it appeared that Curtis had posted a report on Twitter that Dutschke had been charged with child molestation – Dutschke was arrested and released on $25,000 bond.
Dutschke had nothing to say about Curtis’ release, but says he only met Curtis twice and had one email exchange after he says Curtis posted a fake Mensa certificate online.