I’ve never been involved in a police bust on a drug dealers stash, but I don’t think that I would ever expect to find an alligator stomping around guarding all that shit unless it was part of an old James Bond movie or a new Harmony Korine one.
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This was seemingly the set up at one stash house in South Coatesville in Pennsylvania though, where a drug bust on February 8th discovered crack cocaine, heroin, more than $5,000 in cash, fentanyl, tools to package drugs and an alligator wandering it. Apparently he’s been nicknamed ‘El Chompo’ by the local police force.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said the following about the alligator:
Police found an alligator during drug raid 2/8 on a home in South Coatesville, Chester County. Three suspects are in prison on drug charges and gator, dubbed "El Chompo" is at Brandywine Zoo. @WGAL pic.twitter.com/oxXTrWZM3K
— Susan Shapiro (@susanWGAL) February 14, 2019
Some drug dealers use pit bulls or snakes. These drug traffickers kept an alligator in the house.
Quite frankly, as far as we can tell with these drug dealers, the alligator may have been the brains of the operation.
There is no separate charge for possession of an alligator under Pennsylvania criminal law.
The alligator will be rehomed in Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware.
The zoo will house the alligator as an educational animal this summer, after which time it will be taken to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida from which the Brandywine Zoo borrows alligators.
Sounds like a happy ending for the alligator, who probably didn’t appreciate being kept on a leash and walked out to intimidate anyone trying to buy drugs or get involved with the dealers’ operation. As for the three drug lords, they’re being sent to the Chester County Prison where they’re facing charges of drug trafficking. At least they don’t have to face one for possession of an alligator I guess.
For more of the same, check out this huge alligator crashing a round of golf. Watch out.