Authorities in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin discovered a group of teenagers illegally possessing marijuana and a crocodile Thursday.
The bust began when agents of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office went out searching for a man wanted on a local warrant. While on patrol, they smelled marijuana coming from a residence and reported the address to the Manitowoc County Metro Drug Unit.
When drug unit agents arrived at the scene, they discovered a group of six teenagers with a half pound of marijuana and a variety of drug paraphernalia.
Early reports indicate that authorities suspected some sort of drug dealing activity, and the teens all admitted to having smoked marijuana.
Authorities then made an unexpected discovery when they searched the rest of the residence.
In the basement, they found a small crocodile that appeared to be in poor health.
They immediately removed the crocodile from the house and turned it over to Wildlife of Wisconsin.
According to NORML, possession of any amount of marijuana in Wisconsin is illegal, and can result in anything from a misdemeanor charge carrying six months in jail and a $1,000 fine to a felony charge carrying three and a half years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
It is also illegal to own crocodiles in Manitowoc County.
The county’s official regulations on pet ownership state:
“No person, except for a duly authorized licensed breeder or pet shop owner, shall keep, sell, breed or offer for sale one or more horses, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, doves, pigeons or other fowl, bees, large predators, endangered species or poisonous snakes, rodents, reptiles, exotic species or wild animals.”
While no details have been released yet, early reports have said that the teenagers will face criminal charges, possibly for both possession of marijuana and ownership of an illegal animal.
They could also face animal cruelty charges since the crocodile had allegedly been kept in poor health.