NorCal Police Hunting For Pot Find Alligator In Apartment

UNION CITY, Calif. (AP) - Police say they discovered more green than they bargained for when a routine search for marijuana also turned up a 6-foot alligator.

Union City Sgt. Raul Galindo said officers found the reptile in an aquarium while searching the apartment of 30-year-old Eric Windom on Friday.

The 8-foot-long tank was partially filled with water and had a concrete platform. Police called fish and game wardens, who said Windom did not have a permit for the alligator.

Animal control officers and police being advised by Oakland Zoo officials secured the alligator and took it to the zoo, where an
examination found the animal was slightly undernourished.

Galindo said Windom was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of a firearm and a controlled substance.
Information from: The (Fremont) Argus,

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