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A Chinese chemistry student who was caught injecting opioid solution through the gap of his neighbor's door has been deported, the New York Post reported.
Xuming Li, a chemistry PhD graduate, is believed to have placed strong opioid painkillers methadone and hydrocodone, mixed with an unknown noxious element through his neighbors door during a dispute over noise.
Li was arrested after Umar Abdullah set up a secret camera in a plant pot outside his home on Palm Springs Boulevard, Tampa, and caught him in the act.
The 36-year-old chemistry researcher was charged with possession of a controlled substance, battery assault against the homeowners, and aggravated stalking.
However Li’s attorney, Adam Bantner told the Post that Li had been deported back to China by US immigration officials.
The recent University of Southern Florida graduate was caught on camera after the family planted a hidden lens in a potted houseplant outside their home
Umar Abdullah, who lives in the home, said he noticed an 'obnoxious' smell and he, his wife and baby daughter began vomiting so he planted a camera outside
Sources told the publication that the legal case against him was now largely defunct.
Li had pleaded not guilty to several felony charges, including battery and possession of a controlled substance.
When Li did not make it to his scheduled hearing on Monday due to his deportation, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest that would only activate in the unlikely event of his return to the US.
Li had been studying at the University of Southern Florida (USF), but Abdullah said the school 'took very swift action by bringing an expulsion sanction' against him following the incident.
Concerned father Abdullah revealed in the summer how along with vomiting, dizziness and severe headaches, his family suffered hair loss, and they found 'clumps of hair' on their baby girl's pillow several times in June this year.
'Our baby was losing her hair,' he told DailyMail.com. 'In that one month, we noticed our baby's unusual hair in the shower.
'We Googled and realized babies don't experience hair loss, and we noticed our hair in the shower as well.
'We can't prove that it was linked, but we feel that it was because of the chemicals.'
Li lamented over losing sleep and hearing noise from Abdullah's apartment
Li was caught after the family father, Umar Abdullah, reported being plagued by an 'obnoxious smell' and difficulty breathing for more than a month, until he hid a camera in a potted houseplant outside their Tampa home. (Pictured: Abdullah with his baby daughter)
Neighbor from hell Xuming Li allegedly contaminated a Florida family's doorstep with so much 'chemical agent' their baby got sick. They hid a camera outside their Tampa home and caught him in the act (pictured)
Abdullah's hidden camera footage showed Li appearing to take a syringe out, fill it with clear liquid, and inject it into the crack in Abdullah's door frame
Abdullah added that he was shocked by what his secret camera recording revealed because Li had seemed like a 'regular guy' and even a 'friendly' neighbor who often stopped to chat in the hallway.
He told the DailyMail.com that Li is also a father to two young children - though he has never seen Li with the kids despite regularly seeing his wife taking them to the playground.
Their relations were rosy in August 2022, when Abdullah's baby was born, with Li sending him a text to ask how his wife and newborn daughter were doing.
Abdullah told the DailyMail.com Li even came to their door with gifts for their daughter, and congratulated them by text on their 'really adorable girl'.
But his noise