Traffic Stop Results in Alligator's Rescue

July 5, 2019

Traffic stop results in alligator’s rescue

Media Contact: Makayla Chancey, PIO

A traffic stop resulted in members of the Hardee County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force locating not only narcotics, but also a live alligator in the defendant’s vehicle.

On July 4, 2019, a traffic stop was conducted in the area of S.R. 64 and Pioneer Park in Zolfo Springs on Anthony Richardson.

Investigators located illegal drugs on his person and prior to searching Richardson’s car, he told detectives he had a live alligator in his front seat.

When asked if he had an alligator trapping / hunting license, Richardson stated he did not and that a friend had given him the gator, which he planned on releasing into the river.

Investigators located a baby alligator in a black bag with its mouth taped shut in the front seat. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was contacted and after speaking with a wildlife officer, detectives untapped the alligator’s mouth and safely released it into the Peace River.

Anthony Richardson was booked into the Hardee County Jail for multiple drug charges and illegally possessing or capturing an alligator.