A Miami Gardens man has been arrested for mailing hoax threats – in the form of five envelopes containing a powdery substance – to government offices in Broward County, authorities said Tuesday.
Tarvess Taylor, 26, mailed the envelopes with the powdery substance to the Broward Sheriff’s Office on West Broward Boulevard and the courthouse for the 17th Judicial Circuit in downtown Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 4, 2011, authorities said.
As a result, the sheriff’s office and the state courthouse had to be closed while the BSO Haz-Mat Team came to the scene to collect the substance and make sure the buildings were safe, U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, FBI Special Agent in Charge John Gillies, Florida Department of Law Enforcement Special Agent in Charge Addy Villanueva and Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti said Tuesday.
The indictment against Taylor was returned last Thursday. He is innocent until proven guilty, but if convicted, he faces up to 5 years in prison on each of the five counts.