CASTRO VALLEY -- Police conducting a probation compliance check at a Castro Valley home on Tuesday found 34 pounds of marijuana inside the house and a 5-foot alligator reportedly guarding the drugs.

Deputies with the Alameda County Sheriff's Office found the pot and the gator in a bedroom of the home on the 19000 block of Mount Jasper Road during a routine check, said Sgt. J.D. Nelson.

Nelson said the gator, which was in a tank, was likely used as a deterent for burglars.

A resident of the home, Assif Mayar, 32, was arrested and transported to the Santa Rita Jail.

The alligator, who Mayar named "Mr. Teeth," was taken to the Oakland Zoo.

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.




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