Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

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Posted: Mar 24, 2015 2:54 PM
Reptile roundup: Arrest warrant leads to reptile seizure

NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — Delaware authorities say the search for a woman on probation with several outstanding warrants turned up drugs, guns and 17 dangerous reptiles.

Authorities say they arrested three people, including the woman, in a filthy New Castle County apartment Friday. All three face gun and drug charges, as well as charges of endangering a 3-year-old found in the apartment.

Authorities removed 16 monitor lizards, including some that were 6 feet long, and a boa constrictor from the apartment. The lizards, which are not legal to own, were described by local zoo officials as extremely dangerous, especially around children.

The apartment was condemned and deemed unfit for habitation.

The lizards were taken to a reptile rescue in New Jersey.