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Frozen alligators, meth, twin infants taken from drug-strewn Florida home

Nydailynews.com, February 6, 2014

Two frozen alligators, meth stuffed in a box of baby wipes and a pot plant are some of the items behind the arrest of a Florida couple and imposed state custody of their twin infants.

The bizarre drug and wildlife bust in a Polk County home Tuesday turned up 278.2 grams of methamphetamine and various drug paraphernalia which police said were "in plain view and easy reach of children."

In another unusual twist, a large aquarium located in the center of the home's living room was found containing a live black bass deemed by wildlife officers as being under 13 inches in size, leading to its confiscation.

According to state law, black bass less than 14 inches in total length must be released immediately.

Shane Park, 29, and Cortney Williams, 24, the parents of the 10-month-old children, face multiple charges including Joshua Lee Mellon, 31, who was visiting the drug-strewn home at the time.

Williams told police she didn't have a permit for the alligators and that they were a gift from Park's cousin. She said they planned on stuffing them for display, according to an arrest affidavit.

The mother further confessed to police of knowing about the drugs in her home — with meth and scales reportedly found on the floor of her bedroom — but said she wasn’t sure if her boyfriend, Park, was using it or just selling it.

"She advised he does not use it in the house in front of the children and mostly stays in the shed," according to the document.

Police on the contrary described finding "numerous" home-made items that tested positive for meth inside and outside the home.

They also reported finding eight rounds of .223 ammunition, leading to Williams’ charge of armed trafficking in methamphetamine.

Charges against Park and Williams include two counts of negligent child abuse without bodily harm, two counts of killing or possessing an alligator, and maintaining a dwelling for drug trafficking with minors present.

Mellon was charged with possession of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia.

As of Thursday Williams and Mellon have been released from jail.