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Man arrested for keeping gator in tub and trying to sell it

Apr 29, 2010 7:54:00 AM - thestate.com
A Bluffton man was charged Tuesday after he tried to sell an alligator for $30 he had caught near his Bluffton home -- and kept in his bathtub.

Authorities received a tip that the 47-year-old man was offering to sell a 1-year-old, 3-foot-long American alligator he had caught near his Plantation Point apartment, according to Sgt. Michael Paul Thomas of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

DNR officers and sheriff's deputies arrived in time to observe the sale, Thomas said.

"He caught it near his home the day before and was keeping it in the bathtub of his residence," Thomas said.

The man was charged with unlawful possession and sale of an alligator and with possessing an alligator out of season, both misdemeanors with fines up to $2,500 each, Thomas said.

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