Kansas officer wrangles alligator during drug raid

Posted: Updated:
Facebook/Junction City Police Dept. Facebook/Junction City Police Dept.
Lauren Jackson (KDOC) Lauren Jackson (KDOC)
JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas police officer wrangled a small alligator while helping law enforcement on a search warrant. 

The Junction City Police Department said Wednesday in a Facebook post that Lt. Cory Odell was assisting the Drug Operations Group serve the warrant in the 300 block of West 8th Street when the gator was found.

Authorities also found heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and two guns. 

KTKA reports officers arrested 37-year-old Lauren Vanarsdale Jackson for possession with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, felony possession of a firearm, aggravated assault and criminal threat.

A juvenile in the home was also arrested for possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school and illegal possession of a firearm.

Lt. Odell named the gator "Flash-bang," and it was taken to Milford Nature Center. Junction City police say it's against city ordinance to have alligators in the city limits.  

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Jackson has prior convictions of drug possession, drug distribution and commercial gambling

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE