Constables find 6-foot gator in Montgomery County home during drug bust


by Kenneth Ware Jr.

KHOU 11 News Houston

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 11:54 AM

SPLENDORA, Texas – Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputy constables made an unexpected find while making a drug bust at a home in Splendora on Tuesday afternoon.

They found a 6-foot long alligator and a dozen venomous snakes, as well as a boa constrictor, roaming around the residence.

“We came to do a follow-up on a narcotics investigation,” said Constable Deputy R. Hayden. “The alligator was walking around freely.”

The homeowner Michael Terry kept them as pets, and the alligator slept on the couch, according to deputies.

Texas Parks and Wildlife contacted wild game trapper Hal Newsome to remove the reptiles from the property.

Newsome required the assistance of several deputies to hold the 100-pound gator down.

“We put a rope on her, took her for a walk, put her in the trailer and now she’s back in the pond,” Newsome said.

He said it appeared the gator had never been in water. The alligator hesitated for a few minutes before disappearing in the pond.

“Now she’s a happy alligator,” Newsome said.

Deputies arrested Terry for possession of marijuana.