Alligator guards marijuana stash
January 10, 2013
Deputies in Alameda County discovered a 5-foot alligator guarding 35 pounds of marijuana worth $100,000 during a probation compliance check on Wednesday. [SanFranciscoChronicle]
“Mr. Teeth,” acted as a deterrent against marijuana thieves, sheriff’s Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. Mr. Teeth’s owner got the alligator in 1996 “to commemorate the death of rapper Tupac Shakur.”
“We come across guard dogs like pit bulls quite frequently, but a guard alligator is very very unusual,” Nelson added.
Deputies booked the reptile’s owner, Assif Mayr, 32, into jail for allegedly possessing marijuana for sale and Mr. Teeth was taken to the Oakland Zoo.