- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2012

Anne Arundel County police searched a Jessup home this weekend looking for a gangster and came out with a gator.

A three-foot long alligator and 159 grams of “kind bud” marijuana were among the items recovered during the raid of the Jessup home of a suspected gang member, officials announced Monday.

The drugs were expected, as Anne Arundel County police had a warrant to search the home as part of an investigation into drug trafficking taking place at the residence. however the three-foot long reptile was a surprise.

After searching the home, located at 7506 Gleneagle Drive, police on Friday charged 32-year-old Michael Golden with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Mr. Golden, who police identified as a member of the Dead Man Inc. street gang, could also face additional charges depending on tests of several unknown substances found inside the home. It is also against Maryland law to possess an alligator at a private residence.

The alligator, which was found to be in good health, was picked up by animal control and taken to a facility that houses exotic animals.

Police estimated the value of the marijuana found inside the home at $3,180. Drug paraphernalia and about $800 in cash was also seized from the home, police said.

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