Cops find alligator in car at Tulsa Community College; TCC thinks student had it for show-and-tell
2:56 PM, May 1, 2013
6:28 AM, May 2, 2013
TULSA - A Tulsa college student found with marijuana, prescription pills and a live alligator inside his campus-parked vehicle was arrested Wednesday.
Officers found Tulsa Community College student Shane Allen passed out and slumped over the steering wheel of his Jeep around 12:30 Wednesday afternoon at the school's south campus near 81st and US-169. Marijuana and three tablets of Xanax were also found next to the 21-year-old.
But it was what police discovered in the back seat that they were likely most concerned about -- a caged, bound, four and a half-foot alligator.
Tulsa police say Allen wasn't licensed to have exotic animals, and reportedly told authorities he borrowed the gator from a friend in Bristow.
School officials say the student was most likely planning to bring it for a presentation, but don't know for sure.
As for the alligator, it's currently in the hands of the state game warden until a proper place is designated for the animal.
"He'll be fine," said Carlos Gomez, Tulsa County state game warden, of the animal. "We'll get him in a safe holding place where he'll be comfortable for a few days and determine what's gonna be done with him and determine what will be done with the owners."
Gomez says Allen, who's facing drug charges, could also face citations ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars for being in possession of the alligator.