CASTRO VALLEY, Calif. (January 10, 2013)--When Alameda County, Calif., Sheriff's investigators entered the home of Assif Mayar, 32, Wednesday afternoon for a probation check, they found not only 34 pounds of marijuana valued at an estimated $100,000, but also a 5-foot-long caiman inside a tank in a bedroom.
Authorities said the five-foot-long alligator-like reptile named "Mr. Teeth" was evidently protecting the stash of marijuana in the Northern California home.
Sgt. J.D. Nelson said Mr. Teeth was likely used to deter marijuana thieves, but Mayar told investigators he got the reptile to commemorate rapper Tupac Shakur's 1996 death.
The caiman, which was ill, was taken to the Oakland Zoo, where officials say it died Thursday.
Mayar was arrested and in jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale.