Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma said that a deputy checked on the car’s plates, found out it was stolen and followed it, NBC-affiliated WPTV reports. That’s when the pet alligator and drugs were discovered.
Exotic pets have been a hot conversation topic recently, particularly following the popularity of Netflix’s docu-series Tiger King, which stars private zoo operator Joe Exotic. In a new interview on Lights Out with David Spade, Exotic’s first partner, John Finlay confirmed that seven alligators and one crocodile that burned alive inside the G.W. Exotic Animal Park in 2015 were once owned by Michael Jackson—something that hadn’t been brought up in Tiger King.
“The building can be replaced, the equipment can be replaced, but Michael Jackson's alligators cannot be replaced,” Exotic said at the time.
Florida is known for its strange alligator-involved incidents. In mid-December, it was discovered that a man had been eaten by an alligator over the summer after having died from a meth overdose. He was found in a canal in Fort Meade in June and was originally thought to have drowned.
That same month, an 11-foot alligator broke into a home in Clearwater, Florida. The animal entered the home by breaking a ground-level kitchen window, knocking over four bottles of red wine in its path.