Originally Posted Online: May 14, 2013, 5:56 pm
Last Updated: May 14, 2013, 5:57 pm

Moline drug raid finds 30 snakes

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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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A police officer walks out of a house the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group were executing a search warrant at Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at 2027 18th St. B in Moline today at about 2 p.m.. According to a press release issued by QCMEG, during the course of the search warrant, approximately 30 live snakes were found inside the residence in violation of Moline city ordinance. An investigation is currently being conducted into the ordinance violation by the city of Moline Animal Control officers.

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.

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