Man Busted For Having Alligator, Growing Pot Now In More Trouble
Omaha, NE - The man wanted for growing marijuana--and having dozens of turtles and an illegal alligator--is in even more trouble. 31-year-old David Randall didn't show up in court.
A Douglas County court judge signed off on the warrant after Randall no-showed at a court hearing.
Last November officers, armed with search warrants, found 75 marijuana plants at his home, as well as an alligator, a rat snake, and 33 tortoises and turtles.
A tipster alerted police to the alligator in the house, a violation of city ordinance.
Inside 1022 North 32nd Street, investigators found filthy conditions. Vets checked the animals, concerned they were not getting proper care. Police also found what they called a "fairly elaborate hydroponic grow operation" with 75 plants and manufacturing equipment.
Randall was cited for harboring a non-domestic animal--the alligator--and numerous counts of animal cruelty. He was booked for manufacturing marijuana.
He could face additional charges for not showing up at court.
Reported by Kathy Sarantos Niver, firstname.lastname@example.org