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Drug search at home uncovers alligator living in hot tub

8:23 AM, Oct 17, 2013   |    comments
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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies in South Florida made a surprising find while searching for drugs at a Treasure Coast home -- they found an alligator living in a hot tub.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office drug unit was serving an arrest warrant on Tuesday at a home on 4th Street when they found the gator in a hot tub in the backyard.

"They're keeping it contained in a small area like that that's not really nice. No, it's not good for the animal," said neighbor Elizabeth Drouin.

"Now we've seen alligators in swimming pools, we've seen them on driveways, in drainage ditches and ponds near houses," said Indian River Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Raulen. "I believe this is probably the first time we've ever actually seen a gator in a hot tub."

The man who lives in the home told detectives the alligator was there when he moved in and he was just feeding it.

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials removed and relocated the animal.

Tony Wells was charged with possession of an alligator. Crystal Williams was charged with possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence and possession of marijuana.


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