Cops Find Crack, Gun & Wild Lizard In Flatbush Drug Bust

(Photo via NYPD)

Yesterday, cops found a surprising bounty in a Flatbush apartment: a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, and a foot-long South American lizard.

Emergency service units and field intelligence officers busted into an apartment on East 21st Street near Woodruff Avenue, with a search warrant, just before 6:30am on Wednesday, April 5, said cops.

NYPD discovered a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun, crack cocaine — one large bag and several mini-bags, and a caiman lizard kept in a tank in the living room.

Habakkuk Tracey, 41, was arrested and charged with criminal drug and loaded firearms possession, and a health code violation — keeping a wild animal.

Photo via NYPD

Caiman lizards are native to South America around the Amazon River Basin, and are in the crocodile family, according to Reptile Magazine. They can grow to four feet or longer, so this one appears to be pretty young.

Officials said the lizard was handed over to Animal Care Centers.

This is the second drug bust in the neighborhood this week. On Wednesday, a man was tracked and arrested by feds on Cortelyou Road for alleged involvement in a 15-person narcotics ring.

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  1. Hi – if the reptile you’re referring to is the one in the photo, that’s a caiman, which is a crocodilian and not a lizard (although caiman lizards also exist).


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