Alligator seized during drug raid, say Md. cops

This 3-feet long American alligator was seized by Maryland authorities during a drug raid on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.
CBSDC via the Anne Arundel County Police Dept.
(CBS) JESSUP, Md. - It is illegal for private residents to possess alligators in Anne Arundel County - which, authorities say, means the person whose home they raided on Nov. 2 looking for drugs was also breaking the law by housing a three-foot American Alligator

Officers say the reptile was found on Nov. 2 at a home suspected of trafficking drugs in Jessup, Md., CBSDC reported.

The station reports that in addition to the alligator, police seized 159 grams of high-grade marijuana with an estimated street value of $3,180. Paraphernalia was also taken from the residence.

Police charged 32-year-old Michael Golden with two marijuana related charges. Additional charges are pending in the case.

Authorities also believe Golden is connected to the Dead Man Inc. street gang, CBSDC reported.

Animal Control officials took possession of the alligator and say it is in good health. The animal has been transported to a facility for exotic animals.