An Angleton dude was selling alligator meat illegally online, which triggered a sting by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department authorities.
As they negotiated the sale, the guy mentioned he also had an alligator skull he was bleaching back home, also a no-no. When the cops revealed themselves, the guy --whose name was not released -- said he was only kidding about the skull and insisted the lawmen come back to his house to search.
Which they did. They didn't find a skull, but did find the crop of marijuana the guy was growing in buckets behind his house.
Shannon Tompkins, the Houston Chronicle's outdoor writer, regularly plows through the TPWD's law enforcement reports, and as he writes in this week's installment, "it's tough to know whether to laugh or cry" as he's doing so.
It was last month when investigators discovered the guy, whose name was not released, trying to sell alligator meat out of season on Craigslist. "During the [ensuing] phone conversation, Captain Harmon was told by the seller that he had killed a 10½-foot alligator in a pond behind his residence, had already given away much of the meat to family members, and was in the process of bleaching the skull," Tompkins says.
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When other officials came in to make the arrest, the guy said he was only kidding about the skull and offered to take them back to his house so they "could see for themselves."
Apparently the theory that it's not a good idea to offer cops a guided tour of your weed-growing operation never occurred to the entrepreneur.
On the other hand, he was right about having no alligator skull!! On the other other hand, that meant he had been lying while trying to make a sale, which seems unethical.
To cap things off, the guy had an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor assault charge. Brazoria County sheriff's deputies took him away.