CHESTER COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – Authorities in Chester County say they found an alligator while executing a drug search warrant at a South Coatesville home last week. Police found the 3-foot American alligator living in the kitchen of the home on the 100 block of Gibbons Avenue on Feb. 8.READ MORE: South Carolina Man Convicted Of Killing New Jersey Native Samantha Josephson Who Mistook Car For Uber In 2019
“Drug dealers will do just about anything to project an image of danger in order to protect their drugs and cash,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. “Some drug dealers use pit bulls or snakes. These drug traffickers kept an alligator in the house.”READ MORE: Revitalized Park, Honoring 6-Year-Old Boy Who Died Protecting His Sister, Opens In North Camden
Police also recovered heroin, crack cocaine, suspected fentanyl, marijuana, cash and drug packaging materials during the search.
Irvin “Gotti” Hawkins, Aki Gathright, and Tyrone Jackson were charged with drug trafficking and related offenses.
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The alligator was taken to Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Delaware for a summer exhibit and will later be relocated to St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in Florida.