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.
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