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Alligators found at scene of suspected drug shooting (Washington State)
KOMO TV ^ | November 27, 2012 | KOMO staff

Posted on 11/27/2012 8:39:21 AM PST by Stoat

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Sheriff's deputies found two 5-foot alligators at a marijuana grow site where a man was shot on Monday evening. 

Thurston County sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said 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 believe he actually shot the other man during drug buy.

The 30-year-old man who was shot was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital and was expected to recover. 

The gunman, identified as 41-year-old Darren C. Shore, was booked into jail for investigation of attempted murder. 

Elwin said 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.


TOPICS: Gardening; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: alligators; cannabis; drugs; drugwar; gators; marijuana; napl; olympia; warondrugs; washington; washingtonstate; wod; wodlist; wosd
Note to out-of-towners: Alligators are not native to Washington State.  They're more commonly found in Florida, Louisiana and in Congress.
1 posted on 11/27/2012 8:39:32 AM PST by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows
Would you happen to know who is managing the "my pitbull wasn't aggressive enough to protect my pot operation so I replaced him with gators" pinglist? 
2 posted on 11/27/2012 8:40:13 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Alligators! That explains everything!


3 posted on 11/27/2012 8:40:36 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: Stoat

Can’t imagine they are much protection in the winter.


4 posted on 11/27/2012 8:41:30 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Stoat
The sheriff's office is working with county Animal Services to determine what will happen to the alligators.


5 posted on 11/27/2012 8:47:59 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: stuartcr
Can’t imagine they are much protection in the winter.

 

These indoor pot growing operations use special lighting systems (and LOTS of electricity...which is one of the ways they are caught) which keeps the area pretty warm.  The temperature inside the growing area may be fairly normal to a gator and he may not slow down too much. 

Just guessing though..I'm no gator expert.

6 posted on 11/27/2012 8:48:31 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: dirtboy

hehe! Nice! I’m guessing they’ll probably either give them to a local zoo or send them to an out of State facility located in a region that has a lot of gators.


7 posted on 11/27/2012 8:50:49 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

hehe! Nice! I’m guessing they’ll probably either give them to a local zoo or send them to an out of State facility located in a region that has a lot of gators.
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why bother? Shoot them and bury them. They are not endangered, why burden the taxpayer?


8 posted on 11/27/2012 8:55:28 AM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Stoat

Don’t they need large bodies of water?


9 posted on 11/27/2012 8:56:34 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Stoat
UPDATE:  A better article including a video report is available here:

 

http://www.king5.com/news/cities/olympia/Alligators-used-to-protect-Olympia-marijuana-grow-180998051.html

10 posted on 11/27/2012 8:56:57 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Just Lori; Libertina; Lexinom; horatio; freebird5850; Horatio Gates; Ramius; HairOfTheDog; ...
WA Ping


11 posted on 11/27/2012 8:57:22 AM PST by Baynative
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To: Chickensoup

Tasty too


12 posted on 11/27/2012 8:58:05 AM PST by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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To: Chickensoup

That’s what I would do, but this is hard-Left, touchy-feely Western Washington where the protection of spotted owl habitats destroyed one of the State’s primary industries and caused numerous suicides of loggers who had been thrown out of work. They care more about animals than people around here.

“sigh”


13 posted on 11/27/2012 9:00:13 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: stuartcr

I understand that gators prefer that, but the zoos around here keep them in indoor ponds. I’m guessing that the welfare of the animals was most likely not the highest thing on the list of priorities for this criminal owner.


14 posted on 11/27/2012 9:02:54 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

What a croc!


15 posted on 11/27/2012 9:03:21 AM PST by Ken H
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To: Stoat

A couple years ago there were articles warning tourists not to wander too far into the national forests in Washington because of the marijuana farms run by illegals.


16 posted on 11/27/2012 9:23:10 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: bgill
A couple years ago there were articles warning tourists not to wander too far into the national forests in Washington because of the marijuana farms run by illegals.

 

I'm sure you're right...I had been under the impression that the outdoor 'farms' were more popular in Californian forests due to the warmer weather there, while the indoor operations are more popular here due to the cold and rain but I have no doubt that some people....including illegals....are trying outdoor pot operations as well, as you say.   I'm not in Law Enforcement and so I don't have an exact perspective on that.

I believe that there's a lot of meth lab activity in the national forests around here as well. 

17 posted on 11/27/2012 9:31:22 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

5 footers are still bath tub toys!


18 posted on 11/27/2012 9:44:27 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: bgill
It's not nearly the problem that it is in California, but one does have to be careful. Even before the Mexicans started taking over the out door MJ industry those gardens were often protected by booby-traps.

I would say as a percentage threat that running into the byproduct of Mexican trafficking in town is much higher in Washington State. They have taken over the cocaine, meth and heroin trafficking all the way up to the Canadian border.

19 posted on 11/27/2012 9:44:33 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Stoat

IIRC, some of the warnings for Washington and Oregon were from the same KOMO as this thread. The articles came out about the same time as that little boy, Kyron, was kidnapped... something about drugs and some guy who might have been connected to the stepmom... don’t remember the whole thing. That was one strange case. Never solved. LE and community were so focused on the mom that the real kidnapper may never be known. I’m about 60-40 that someone else did it.


20 posted on 11/27/2012 9:46:12 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
5 footers are still bath tub toys!

 

"snicker"  ;-)

Do gators grow very fast?  Maybe he got them small because they were easier to smuggle out of The South and thought that he'd try to grow them into bigger, more serious pot-guardians.  If they grow fast maybe it would be only a couple of years or so before they were of a size that would be more of an attention-getter ;-)

21 posted on 11/27/2012 10:08:30 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...


22 posted on 11/27/2012 10:19:52 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Stoat
Elwin said the alligators found by deputies were likely being used to protect the drugs.

Down her in Mississippi, 5-foot gators won't protect anything. They'd more likely end up in a stew pot to help ease the munchies after the crop was confiscated from the fools who thought a 5-foot gator would deter anyone. I guess them Washington folks are more prone to jumpiness than we are.

23 posted on 11/27/2012 10:22:45 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Baynative
I believe we have become the wackiest state.
Instead of the “Evergreen State” we should be
the “Wackiest State”

Actually that could be another WA post.

Texas's “Don't Mess with Texas”
(Yeah, I know the motto is really “Friendship”.)

Sound's Gay- Gay Ha!

Washington's “Don't &u$k with our POT PLANTs

24 posted on 11/27/2012 10:25:08 AM PST by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: All
Alligators protecting a pot farm of course reminds us of the crocodile scene in "Live And Let Die"....since in the movie the crocs were at a drug processing lab, maybe this is where the Washington criminal got his idea?

 

Live and Let Die Crocodile Jump attempts-Ross Kananga in Jamaica 4 James Bond - Roger Moore - YouTube

 LALD Trespassers

 

 LALD Crocs

25 posted on 11/27/2012 10:32:50 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: trebb

I’m guessing he thought that they’d be easier to transport up here while they’re small, and then he can grow them as big as they can get up here as his “pets”.


26 posted on 11/27/2012 11:05:18 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: trebb

I’m guessing he thought that they’d be easier to transport up here while they’re small, and then he can grow them as big as they can get up here as his “pets”.


27 posted on 11/27/2012 11:05:34 AM PST by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Years and years ago when our family business was in Michigan we had a customer for a prank send a 4-5’ gator up in their truck from Georgia wrapped in a burlap sack in a large tote of water.

We laughed about it then turned it loose into the Huron river at a state park not knowing what else to do with it, or wanting to get caught with it.

What we didn’t think of was all the canoeist who are on the river wildlife viewing. Thank God we didn’t tell too many people what we had done, the story was all over the news that summer and the DNR guys was not looking happy about it when interviewed.


28 posted on 11/27/2012 11:08:12 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Baynative

Did they eat the drugs?

Or just the guard dogs?


29 posted on 11/27/2012 11:26:31 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: Abathar

Naughty, naughty...


30 posted on 11/27/2012 12:34:08 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yep...we aren’t even allowed to call Animal Control unless they are over SIX feet.


31 posted on 11/27/2012 12:38:39 PM PST by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Did the police shoot the gators or do they just save their bullets for puppies?


32 posted on 11/28/2012 5:37:48 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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