As many as 30 live snakes were seizedfrom a bedroom Thursday during a drug raid in Moline.
The constrictor snakes, up to 6 feet in length, included pythons, according to Kevin Winslow, director of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group.
Narcotics agents executed a search warrant around 2 p.m. Tuesday at 2027 18th St. B, Moline. Mr. Winslow said that, in the process of securing the home, agents discovered approximately 20-30 snakes in Rubbermaid containers on shelves in a basement bedroom.
Mr. Winslow said agents had no idea "we would be finding reptiles of that nature" when they entered the home.He said the snakes appeared to be pets and were taken care of.
"I don't know what a malnourished python looks like," he added.
Mr. Winslow said the snakes are believed to be non-poisonous but, for the safety of the public, the Moline Animal Control was called in around 3:30 p.m. to remove them.It was unclear Tuesday night where the snakes were being held.
Animal control officers are investigating if possession of the snakes violates any city ordinance. Moline city code indicates constrictor snakes are included under "dangerous animals."
Mr. Winslow said the residents of the home were not present during the raid. Agents also seized evidence related to an ongoing narcotics investigation, and arrests are imminent, although he declined to release the name of the individual under investigation.
"This is just one stop in the chain of events in a bigger conspiracy," he said.
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.