Tupac-Inspired Alligator Discovered Guarding Weed Stash

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Jan. 10 2013 4:15 PM

Tupac-Inspired Alligator Discovered Guarding Weed Stash

Police outside of Oakland, Calif. were conducting a routine probation check when they discovered a live alligator guarding a huge stash of marijuana on Tuesday.

The gator, named Mr. Teeth, was purchased by 32-year-old Assif Mayar in 1996 to commemorate the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. Measuring 5 feet, the alligator was kept in a glass tank, apparently deterring thieves from the 34 pounds of pot stored nearby.

Mr. Mayar was taken to the Santa Rita Jail. Mr. Teeth was taken to the Oakland Zoo.

Chris Wade is a video and podcast producer for Slate and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

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