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Alligator Used To Guard Pot in Castro Valley

Five-foot long 'Mr. Teeth' was discovered Tuesday watching 34 pounds of processed marijuana.

Updated: 6:14 p.m.

By Bay City News Service

Sheriff's deputies found 34 pounds of marijuana being guarded by an alligator during a probation compliance check in Castro Valley on Tuesday afternoon, an Alameda County sheriff's sergeant said today.

The dried, processed marijuana was found in a bedroom at a home in the 19000 block of Mt. Jasper Drive around 1:30 p.m., along with the live 5-foot-long alligator, which was living in a Plexiglas tank, sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said.

The suspect, 32-year-old Assif Mayar, was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin on drug possession and sales charges, according to the sheriff's office.

Nelson said Mayar apparently acquired the alligator, named "Mr. Teeth," in 1996 to commemorate the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. It appears the animal was being used as a deterrent to scare away would-be marijuana thieves.

Mr. Teeth was taken to the Oakland Zoo, where zoo officials said he is being treated at the veterinary hospital.

Vets are accessing his health, as it appears he is fairly sick and likely stressed from the events in the past few days. After he's checked out he will be placed in quarantine, zoo officials said.

According to the zoo, Mr. Teeth may be a caiman, a reptile in the alligator family.

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Julia January 10, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Too many people attempt to keep WILD animals as pets. It's cruel, inhumane and just plain WRONG. Keeping wild animals in zoos is bad enough (even though they are well cared for and are used to educate the public). Wild animals should remain wild. Most people (with good intentions) who attempt to raise animals do a poor job of it. Just look at all of the unwanted "pets": bunnies, chicks, Guenna pigs, rats, mice, snakes, birds, horses, ect... at the humane society... it's sad.
Jessica Gardner January 10, 2013 at 09:21 PM
How was mr teeth transported?
Nadja Adolf January 11, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Some species exist only in zoos. For many, there is no longer a wild for them to live in as a result of human population growth.
Jessica Gardner January 11, 2013 at 03:32 AM
Zoos kill the animals first their spirit caging them up and having them on display for all to look at and for some to torment. Perhaps the gator went thru trams being transported to the zoo

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