The following is a Facebook post from the Long Branch Police Department:
While executing a search warrant in Long Branch today, detectives found something they weren't quite looking for! A Gator! A Long Branch resident was apparently keeping it as a house pet.
The animal was confiscated and turned over to Long Branch Animal Control Officer Deb Nagel who contacted NJ Fish, Game & Wildlife to arrange for a pickup. According to a preliminary report, fines for housing an animal like this can range up to $25,000.00.
It is likely that our little friend will wind up being adopted by an animal organization such as a zoo or aquarium. We will keep you posted if we learn of its new home. Fortunately, no animals (or detectives) were injured in this event.