Drugged ‘Attack Squirrel’ Found During Meth Bust, Police Say

Paula Liu
By Paula Liu
June 19, 2019US News
Drugged ‘Attack Squirrel’ Found During Meth Bust, Police Say
A squirrel on a tree trunk. (Mack Fox/Unsplash)

Limestone County narcotics investigators found and arrested a man during a drug bust in Alabama that yielded methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, body armor, as well as a meth-fed “attack squirrel,” according to multiple reports.

A spokesman and deputy with Limestone County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen Young, said that a search warrant was issued for an apartment in the 21000 block of Piney Chapel Road in Athens, Alabama, where the investigators found the drugs, ammunition, and the squirrel, according to The News Courier.

The officials arrested Ronnie Reynolds, a 37-year-old man, and is currently looking for Mickey Paulk, 35, who was also wanted for possession of drugs. According to WHNT 19 News, Paulk allegedly fed meth to the squirrel to keep it aggressive. At the time of the drug bust, Paulk was not at home, The News Courier reported.

The news outlet reported Reynolds was charged with possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, as well as loitering at a location known to be a drug house. He was released on a $4,000 bond after being taken to Limestone County jail.

According to Fox News, the meth-fed squirrel was taken out of the drug house by investigators while still in its cage.

“Prior to the search warrant, investigators were informed that Mickey Paulk kept an ‘attack squirrel’ inside his apartment and that Paulk fed the squirrel meth to keep it aggressive,” Young said in a news release, AL.com reported.

This allowed investigators to obtain a search warrant provided that the information gave the investigation probable cause, and investigators executed the search warrant on June 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the morning, when they found Reynolds.

The investigators were able to contact Alabama Game and Fish Division of the Department of Conservation, and upon the advice of the officials, they released the squirrel into a wooded area near the drug house. The investigators said that they did not conduct a drug test on the squirrel as there was no safe way to test for meth in the animal.

According to Alabama law, it’s illegal to be in possession of a pet squirrel.

Authorities strongly encourage anyone who might have information about Paulk—including his potential whereabouts—to contact Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.

Taxi Driver Arrested With 10 Pounds of Meth

A former New York City taxi driver was found to have ten pounds of methamphetamine in the trunk of the borrowed car that he was driving on Jan. 19.

The driver of the car was 42-year-old Gerardo Camilo-Nolasco, reported acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo. Camilo-Nolasco was driving through Fort Lee, New Jersey, when he was pulled over by a team from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office as part of a New Jersey narcotics investigation. The investigation is led by Chief Detective Robert Anzilotti.

The substance was believed to be crystal methamphetamine, although this has yet to confirmed by laboratory tests. If it is, as agents suspect, the illegal drug methamphetamine, its street value would have been be upwards of $800,000.

The officers also found four grams of cocaine in the car.

According to NJ.com, the car belonged to a friend of Camilo-Nolasco.

Camilo-Nelasco, from the Bronx, New York., held a taxi license in New York City, but it expired in 2011, a spokesperson for the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission told NJ.com.

He applied for a new license in 2015 but his application was rejected.

$7 Million Worth of Meth Delivered to Elderly Couple

An elderly Australian couple accidentally received a package full of methamphetamine last month that was meant for someone else.

Police say that the package of the drug, also known as ice, has an estimated street value of AU$10 million ($7 million).

The couple, who live in Melbourne, Australia, were not aware “of the significance of their find,” 7News reported.

After opening the package and discovering bags of white substance on May 1, the couple immediately contacted the police.

“They asked each other if they had ordered anything, and it was quite clear that they hadn’t,” said Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Matthew Kershaw, according to CNN.

He said it was “quite incredible to comprehend that someone could be that sloppy.”

NTD staff writers Chris Jasurek and Jane Werrell contributed to this article.

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