Two men who allegedly placed an advertisement in a newspaper about selling alligators were arrested after wildlife officers purchased the wild animals in a sting operation and drugs were allegedly found on the suspects.
Caderro Gibson, 27, was arrested on allegations of possession of marijuana with purpose to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said in court Friday. Aundra Charles, 24, was arrested on the same allegations.
Wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission met the two men at about 7 p.m. Thursday at a travel plaza in White Hall, Pugh said.
The wildlife officers purchased the two alligators at $300 apiece, Pugh said. The wildlife officers smelled marijuana in the duo’s car and called law enforcement officers to investigate.
Law enforcement found two guns, marijuana, a digital scale and $2,692 in cash, Pugh said.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors have probable cause to charge the two and set a bond of $25,000 for Gibson and Charles. Both men said they will hire an attorney.
The prosecutor’s office has not yet filed charges related to Gibson and Charles allegedly selling the alligators.
The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission catches people selling alligators in the state once or twice a year, according to Randy Zellers, news editor at the commission.
“Alligators are wildlife, and selling wildlife is illegal,” Zellers said. “This is true for alligators, deer or any other wild animal.”
Anyone arrested for breaking this federal law will be jailed and fined, Zellers said. Anyone with knowledge of such activity can call the commission’s wildlife violation tip line at 1-800-482-9262.