The police of Szigetszentmiklós went to a house in Dunaharaszti on November 25, 2020, as they heard that the man living there was involved in drug cultivation.
Dunaharaszti is a peaceful, quiet town near Budapest. According to Origo‘s report, the police were notified that the owner of the house was growing drug plants in his house. Therefore, they conducted a house search, during which the investigators found themselves having to face bizarre, not-everyday circumstances. In addition to the four suspicious plant seedlings and a scale,
pets, a snake, an alligator turtle, and a small crocodile have been found, according to the primary expert opinion.
According to field information, the man did not know too much about the rules for keeping the animals, as the snake was found in a styrofoam box without light and air. Without the investigators, the snake probably would not have lived long. Moreover, the suspect did not live alone; his partner and their two children lived on the property in the company of more special animals.
The police immediately contacted a specialist who said that the creatures they found were dangerous animals, their keeping was subject to a permit – it is also probable that the snake they found should not be kept in a home even with a permit -, so the investigators immediately took action to transport the animals to the Zoo and Botanical Garden in Budapest.
A 41-year-old resident of the house was interrogated as a suspect in the case, who could not provide credible proof of the origin of the animals. He said
that he was aware that these animals are dangerous and that their keeping is subject to a license, but he did not care about that.
As for the drug suspicion and the green plants, he said that he keeps them for his own purposes, cultivating them from seed. The Investigation Department of the Szigetszentmiklós Police Headquarters will continue the criminal proceedings against the man from Dunaharaszti for suspected violation of the obligations connected to the possession of drugs and keeping dangerous animals, and they will investigate whether other crimes would arise in connection with the case.
The police also made a video about the house search, which seems to be just a Hungarian home version of National Geographic.