Texas: 3-foot-long alligator-like creature seized at Texas home during drug bust


A3-foot-long alligator-like creature has been seized along with a mix of drugs during a raid at a Texas home.

Rusk County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Game Wardens conducted a drug bust Friday after receiving a Crime Stoppers tip about controlled substance distribution and illegal possession of an alligator in Kilgore, Rusk County, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a number of controlled substances, including magic mushrooms, PCP, suspected THC-infused edibles, vape cartridges, a white powdery substance and 1 pound of marijuana, the sheriff’s office said. Firearms and money were also discovered at the scene, as per deputies.

The 3-foot-long scaly creature, which officers believe is a caiman, was also captured during the drug bust. Officials said the animal will be relocated to a wildlife rescue in Dallas, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“A crocodilian believed to be a Caiman, approximately three feet in length, was located within the home during the search,” Rusk County Sheriff’s Office noted in a statement released on Facebook. “Rusk County officials and the City of Kilgore Animal Control officials have made arrangements to have the Caiman relocated to Nature’s Edge, a wildlife rescue located in Dallas.”

Officers also arrested 44-year-old Jason Best of Kilgore at the scene.

“Best has been charged with a total of four controlled substance felony offenses. Best’s bond was set by Justice of the Peace Precinct 5 Jana Enloe for a total of $118,500,” the sheriff’s office said further.

It was Rusk County Court at Law Judge Chad Dean who issued the controlled substance search warrant that led to the drug raid. Members of the Kilgore Police Department Criminal Investigation Division also provided assistance in the warrant.


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