Three Central Florida residents were jailed and two infants were taken into state custody Tuesday after authorities found two frozen alligators, large quantities of methamphetamine, a marijuana plant and an illegal fish at a home in Lake Wales.
Polk County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant Tuesday that led to the arrests of Shane William Park, 29, Cortney Loraine Williams, 24, and Joshua Lee Mellon, 32, the Lakeland Ledger reported. Park and Williams are a couple while Mellon was visiting the home at the time of the raid. Mellon, also of Lake Wales, was arrested on methamphetamine possession and drug paraphernalia charges after sheriff’s deputies allegedly found drugs on him as the searched the house. Park and Williams, who have twin 10-month-old infants, were charged with killing or possessing an alligator, negligent child abuse without bodily harm and armed trafficking in methamphetamine, according to the Ledger.
During the search, sheriff’s deputies also found “numerous methamphetamine smoking devices” and bags of drugs that were within reach of the children, according to the Florida paper. The search also yielded a potted marijuana plant in a home office and 279 grams of meth around the house. About two grams of meth were found on a bedroom floor.
Two dead alligators were allegedly found in a freezer. Williams told sheriff’s deputies that she didn’t have a permit for the gators and she was planning to stuff them, according to a police report.
The gators weren’t the only illegal animals found in the house. Deputies found a black bass that did not meet Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission standards for being too small.
After the search warrant was executed, the two infants were taken into custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Meanwhile, the children’s parents were taken to the Polk County Jail on Wednesday. The pair didn’t receive bail. Mellon was released after posting $1,500 bail.