Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Trend: Drug dealers have moved on from pit bulls as pets — to aligators

Well we can all breathe a sigh of relief: drug dealers are no longer keeping pit bulls as pets. Pit-bull rescuers and lovers all over will be pleased, because the widespread abuse of this controversial breed will decrease. Reptile lovers however aren’t going to be happy at all: the new drug-dealer pet of choice is the alligator.

Florida man tries to trade live gator for beer

Fernando Caignet Aguilera of Miami, Florida, saw his chance and he took it: a live alligator at the park that he could catch and use to get some free beer at the local bodega. What he didn’t count of was the store’s clerk freaking out and calling police.

Police in Chicago search for woman who may have dumped gator at O’Hare

Authorities in Chicago may have a lead on the person who ditched a live, immature alligator at O’Hare airport on November 1. The person in this surveillance still was seen riding a train to the airport with a live, immature alligator under her arm.

Man Charged With Feeding Gator That Bit Off His Hand

On June 12, Florida airboat captain Walt Weatherholt, 63, was giving an Indiana family a tour of the Everglades when an alligator bit off his hand. Now, in the quintessential case of adding insult to injury, Weatherholt has been charged with feeding the alligator that ate his right hand.