Feds, EPA raid home in upscale Leawood neighborhood - KCTV5

Feds, EPA raid home in upscale Leawood neighborhood

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LEAWOOD, KS (KCTV) -

Federal Bureau of Investigation confirms they assisted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a raid in an upscale Leawood neighborhood.

It happened Thursday.

The man who answered the door located off 103rd Street is Ahmed El-Sherif, founder of the American Muslim Council of Greater Kansas City.

El-Sherif has been involved in some arguably valuable work in the metro for years, including interfaith get-together's for children's charities. But he's recently found himself in the middle of some negative press.

Last October the feds seized El-Sherif's business, the Beta Chem laboratory in Lenexa, KS. The EPA said it found hazardous chemicals in the building where radioactive pharmaceutical compounds were made for medical research.

Past inspections also revealed radioactive contamination.

At the time of the raid KCTV5 was told that Beta Chem uses the Carbon 13 isotope, which is unstable.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said it asked Beta Chem to "attain compliance with its radioactive materials license" but says the business never did. That's why the building was seized and hazmat crews were called in.

Thursday the EPA raided El-Sherif's home. Neighbors tell KCTV5 off camera that investigators were out there all day.

El-Sherif declines to talk about why his house was raided, including whether it was connected to his old Lenexa business. He instead referred KCTV5 to his attorney who hasn't returned any calls.

KCTV5 also has a message into the EPA to find out why they were at the home but, due to the holiday weekend, they have not returned any calls.

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