The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office in the East Texas town of Kilgore, Texas got more than they bargained for when they carried out an investigation into a resident’s home from a Crime Stoppers tip at 509 Leach Street for evidence of illegal drug distribution.

Not only did they recover a large amount of drugs but illegal ownership of a reptilian type of alligator with their search warrant

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44-year-old James Best was taken into custody on four felony charges related to controlled substances that included one-quarter pound of marijuana, PCP angel dust, THC vape cartridges, guns, and cash, according to a report from the Rusk County Facebook page.

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Meanwhile, The Texas Game Wardens along with the City of Kilgore Animal Control has turned over the exotic alligator to a Wildlife Rescue Center in Dallas. The alligator is believed to be a Caiman, a species related to a gator found in South and Central America. The alligator was believed to be approximately 3 feet-long.

Bond has been set for Best at $118,500.

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