FBI conducts search at house in east Tupelo

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Updated: 4/23/2013 9:52 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- An apparent new direction was taken in the case of the poisonous ricin letters sent to U.S. government officials.

Attention is now focused on a house on south Canal Street in Tupelo after all federal charges were dropped against Paul Kevin Curtis.

On Tuesday, the FBI arrived at the home with multiple law enforcement agencies, and quickly sealed-off a large section of the neighborhood where James Everett Dutschke resides.
"Christi McCoy, the defense attorney for Kevin Curtis, had said the FBI needs to look at this guy," said Dutschke.

He is not happy that the reference was made. 

Agents began to search the home after receiving a signed consent form.
"I can assure you if there is risin anywhere in this house, they're going to find it," said Dutschke.

"Dutschke says agents will not find any risin in his home.

"Everybody has something suspicious in their house," adds Dutschke. "There is nothing related to these letters. There's nothing. There's nothing here."

Dutschke continued to address the media multiple times while the search was continuing inside his home, and he thought it would be over in an hour.

"I thought it would be kind of a brief search. I thought it would be 20 minutes or an hour," he said.

The FBI combed through the house with a Safety Search Team followed by a Primary Search Team.

"One gentlemen said we could be here for days at which case I will be sleeping in the street with my family, thanks a lot Christi McCoy," said Dutschke.

He says his family has since been taken to a safe place away from the search area.
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