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Officers Confiscate Gator While Executing Search Warrant

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    Officers Confiscate Gator While Executing Search Warrant
    Long Branch Police Department
    Det. Lt. Jeffrey Grippaldi and Det. Todd Coleman restrain an alligator seized while executing a search warrant in Long Branch, N.J.

    It wasn't exactly what they were looking for, but police in New Jersey made a startling discovery Saturday while executing a search warrant: an alligator.

    A Long Branch resident apparently was keeping the reptile as a pet, police said. Officers confiscated the beast, which eventually was turned over to the state Division of Fish & Wildlife.

    A maximum fine of $25,000 is possible for housing such a reptile, Long Branch police said.

    It's likely a new home for the gator will be found in a zoo or aquarium, police said.