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Cops Warn About 'Meth-Gators'

'We shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2019 8:35 AM CDT
A baby alligator opens its mouth as it sits on a tree branch at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, June 7, 2018, near Naples, Fla.   (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

(Newser) – The effects of methamphetamine on alligators is not fully understood, per USA Today—though we might soon find out. Tennessee's Loretta Police Department warned people not to flush meth and other drugs over the weekend for fear of creating "meth-gators." "Ducks, Geese, and other fowl frequent our treatment ponds and we shudder to think what one all hyped up on meth would do," police said in a Saturday Facebook post, which appears to have been deleted. It continued, "If it made it far enough we could create meth-gators in Shoal Creek and the Tennessee River down in North Alabama."

In reference to a squirrel reportedly fed meth to make it more aggressive in Alabama's Limestone County, the department added, "they've had enough methed up animals the past few weeks without our help," per Fox News. The warning came after investigators said they had found a suspect "attempting to flush methamphetamine along with several items of paraphernalia" on Saturday. The Facebook post noted officers are more than happy to be called to dispose of drugs "in the proper way." (Cocaine is wreaking havoc on European eels.)

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