(WBRE/WYOU-TV) – Police in Chester County made an unusual while executing a search warrant at a home in South Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
Police recovered heroin, crack cocaine, suspected fentanyl, cash, and drug packaging materials.
They also recovered an alligator, which was living in the kitchen of the residence.
Irvin “Gotti” Hawkins, Aki Gathright, and Tyrone Jackson have been charged with drug trafficking and related offenses.
Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan stated in a prepared release, “Drug dealers will do just about anything to project an image of danger in order to protect their drugs and cash. Some drug dealers use pit bulls or snakes. These drug traffickers kept an alligator in the house. But at the end of the day, the police seized their drugs and money, and the alligator is headed to the zoo.”
According to police Defendants Hawkins, Gathright, and Jackson were all at the residence and all were in actual or constructive possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
In the kitchen of the residence, police located an alligator. The defendants claimed that the animal was a caiman, but it has since been identified as an American alligator. The alligator has been sent to the Brandywine Zoo. The three defendants were sent to Chester County Prison.
“We will provide care for the alligator and ensure it is healthy during its stay with the zoo,” said Brint Spencer, the Director of DNREC’s Brandywine Zoo, which is managed by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation. “The Brandywine Zoo is glad we could be of assistance to Chester County law enforcement in placing the alligator in a healthy environment.”