facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Sick alligator found guarding pot stash

Jan. 10, 2013 at 3:03 PM   |   Comments

CASTRO VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Authorities in California said they discovered a "very sick" 5-foot alligator protecting 34 pounds of marijuana at a man's home.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office said deputies were conducting a "probation compliance" check at the Castro Valley home of Assif Mayr, 32, about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and they discovered he was keeping 34 pounds of processed, dried marijuana in his bedroom, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

Investigators said the stash was being guarded by a 5-foot-long alligator.

"We come across guard dogs like pit bulls quite frequently, but a guard alligator is very, very unusual," Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

Mayr told deputies he obtained the reptile in 1996 "to commemorate the death of rapper Tupac Shakur," Nelson said.

The alligator, dubbed, Mr. Teeth, was taken to the Oakland Zoo, where spokeswoman Nicky Mora said the animal is "very sick."

"So we will probably treat him and keep him in a quarantine area and then figure out from there where he will be located," Mora said.

Mayr was arrested on a charge of possessing marijuana for sale and held in lieu of $160,000 bail.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman
2
Thai woman posts more than 12,000 selfies
3
Man fakes suicide to get out of engagement to long-distance fiance
4
Atlantic City casino loses $21,000 cash left on roof of armored truck
5
Woman finds 3-foot-long boa constrictor in used car trunk
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback