Police find large reptile, along with drugs and gun inside Brooklyn apartment

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Thursday, April 6, 2017
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NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police executing a search warrant on a Brooklyn apartment discovered a caiman, a large South American reptile.

The animal was kept in a tank in the living room of the apartment at 21 East 21st Street, according to the NYPD.

Officers also recovered a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun and a quantity of crack cocaine.

They arrested 41-year-old Habakkuk Tracey on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, and wild animal prohibited.

The caiman is a large aquatic reptile found in the swamps and tropical rivers that cover Central and South America. They are most closely related to alligators and crocodiles.