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Police: Drug Dealer Uses Alligators To Protect Marijuana

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File photo of an alligator. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

File photo of an alligator. (credit: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening.

Lieutenant Greg Elwin says deputies responded to the scene in the Scott Lake area south of Olympia when a man called 911 to say he had shot another man.

The shooter told investigators that he fired in self defense, but investigators say they believe he actually shot the other man during a drug buy. The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to a local hospital and was expected to recover.

The 41-year-old alleged gunman was booked into jail for investigation of attempted murder.

Elwin says the alligators found by deputies were likely being used to protect the drugs. The sheriff’s office is working with county Animal Services to determine what will happen to the alligators.

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