News ID: 275477
Published: 1139 GMT October 13, 2020

Cops: 20 ‘free-roaming’ pythons seized at Utah home

Cops: 20 ‘free-roaming’ pythons seized at Utah home
fox13now.com
A man was arrested after police say they found 20 pythons in his Holladay home with no exotic animal permit.

An undercover officer with the Unified Police Department bought a baby Burmese python from a Utah man in the US, which led to the man’s arrest for allegedly possessing exotic and dangerous and animals without a permit, KSL reported.

Police seized 20 Bermese pythons — half of which were over 10-feet long — from 64-year-old Marty Bone’s Holladay home, according to KUTV.

Officers found that the snakes were “mostly free-roaming inside the residence,” KSL reported. Police also found “fresh marijuana,” opiate derivatives, $2,000 in cash and a gun while searching Bone’s home.

Bone has not had a permit for keeping or selling exotic or dangerous animals since 2017, Salt Lake County Animal Services officers said. Although he has not yet been charged by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, police recommended 23 charges, according to KUTV.

Officers recommended Bone be charged with 10 counts of possessing an exotic animal without a permit, 10 counts of possessing a dangerous animal without a permit, two counts of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of possessing a firearm by a restricted person.

   
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