MOLINE -- A reptile dealer from Wisconsin has taken possession of 25 ball pythons found in a Moline basement Tuesday by narcotics agents.
Jim Stelpflug, owner of SW Reptiles in Dickeyville, Wis., removed the snakes from the home at 2027 18th St. B., Wednesday afternoon. He said he saw a message posted on Facebook by the owner of the snakes stating that the snakes needed a home or would be euthanized.
Mr. Stelpflug said the snakes appeared healthy, and the average size was about a foot long. "Everything looked good."
According to Kevin Winslow, director of the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, narcotics agents executed a search warrant at the residence about 2 p.m. Tuesday. In the process of securing the home, they found the snakes in Rubbermaid containers on shelves in a basement bedroom.
According to Moline city code, constrictor snakes are included under "dangerous animals," which are prohibited in the city.
Mr. Stelpflug said ball pythons can sell for $25 to $10,000. After removing the reptiles from the home Wednesday, he put an approximate value of $200 on each snake he removed.
During the search, agents seized evidence related to an ongoing narcotics investigation, and Mr. Winslow said arrests are imminent.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.