HARDEE COUNTY, Fla. — Deputies arrested a man Thursday after he was pulled over with drugs and a live alligator in his car during a traffic stop.
According to the Hardee County Sheriff's Office, deputies searched Anthony Richardson's car after they pulled over Thursday and found a live alligator in a bag in the front seat.
Richardson told deputies he had the gator in his front seat before they searched the vehicle.
Richardson told deputies he didn't have an alligator trapping/hunting license but said he came into possession of the gator through a friend. According to deputies, he said he planned to release it into a river.
Deputies called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and released the gator into the Peace River after speaking with a wildlife officer.
Richardson was booked into the Hardee County Jail for multiple drug charges and illegally possessing or capturing an alligator.
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