Police: We found alligator-like animal while searching for crack

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At least it wasn’t one of those chuds.

Investigators with the 78th Precinct found a caiman — a smaller, close cousin of the alligator — lurking in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens home of an alleged crack dealer during a raid on Wednesday.

When investigators invaded the 41-year-old suspect’s E. 21st Street home between Woodruff and Caton avenues at 6:20 am, officers say they discovered and took a few snapshots of the reptile inside a large tank in the living room.

Outside the tank, detectives say they discovered a rock of crack weighing in at an impressive 15 grams, and at least one officer spotted the suspect tossing a semi-automatic pistol out the window, which was later recovered and found loaded with seven .380 rounds, court documents show.

The man was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and of a loaded firearm, in addition to owning a prohibited wild animal, cops said.

Police handed the creature off to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, according to a police source.

Alligators and alligator-like creatures have long been rumored to live in city sewers — an urban legend proven false by the movie C.H.U.D., which proved that the deadly creatures lurking below were in fact cannibalistic humanoid underground dwellers.

Or maybe it stood for something else. Buy the DVD to find out.

Some Caiman’s can grow up to 16 feet in length, but most max out at a few inches short of five feet. They are native to tropical regions in North and South America.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Posted 12:00 am, April 7, 2017
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