Oxnard police find alligator in drug raid at Port Hueneme home

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A drug bust at a Port Hueneme home netted more than a suspect, some heroin, and methamphetamine. Oxnard police report that they also uncovered a four-foot-long alligator.

Police raided the home of  44-year-old Donny Askar in the 2500 block of Peninsula Road just before 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The alligator was found in a “poorly secured tank with rancid water,” police said in a news release.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was called in to rescue the alligator and take it to a safe location.

Police say the alligator could have potentially escaped into the Channel Islands Harbor area.

Askar was arrested on felony charges of possession for sale of heroin and methamphetamine and faces one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty.