Officers enter Miss. home of ricin mail suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 18 at 7:30 PM

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A team of law enforcement officers has entered the home of a Mississippi man accused of sending letters with poisonous ricin to the president and others.

At least a dozen armed officers wearing gas masks and hazardous-material suits went into the home Thursday evening in Corinth, about 100 miles east of Memphis, Tenn.

There was no immediate word on what they found inside.

Police had blocked off the home with crime-scene tape since Paul Kevin Curtis' arrest on Wednesday. No neighbors have been evacuated.

The 45-year-old Curtis appeared briefly in court Thursday and his attorney said he was innocent.

His brother says the family hopes federal officials will make sure he gets treatment for his mental illness while he is in custody.

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