Police in the San Francisco area making a routine probation check didn't realize the guy was going to hand them a croc, of sorts.
Alameda County Sheriff's Deputies entered a house in the Castro Valley to check up on 36-year-old Assif Mayar, who had been on probation for less than a year for a disturbing the peace offense.
When they found their way into one of the bedrooms, they found a 5-foot-long caiman guarding a 34-pound stash of dried, processed marijuana. The crocodilian's name was Mr. Teeth.
"Instead of a guard dog you had a guard alligator," Sgt. J.D. Nelson told NBC Bay Area
. "When it's in there it's a little unnerving to have a live alligator that opens its mouth when you walk in the room. So anyone that would come in that room would certainly be concerned as the deputies were."
Trying to determine the age of the caiman, the officers asked the owner.
"He said he got it to commemorate the death of Tupac Shakur," Nelson said, citing a rapper who was apparently a favorite of Mayar's. "So that's how we knew it was approximately 16 years old."
Nelso added that Bay Area Animal control had picked up big reptiles before, but never one the size of Mr. Teeth.
Mayar was taken to the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin and held on $160,000 bail.
At about 11 a.m. PST, NBC Bay Area tweeted that Mr. Teeth had died in custody.
Mayer and his wife had lived in the house for about two years, according to reports. A nearby resident told NBC Bay Area that the next door neighbors were just regular folks, and they would never expect such a situation from the Mayars.
"They're just family people like us and she has a little boy, very cute, about 20 months, so of course you wouldn't suspect or expect anything like this from this neighborhood," she said.
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