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$1.5M Pot Operation Had Alligator as Security Guard

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Up until Monday, Wally spent his days and nights guarding a large-scale marijuana grow operation at a home in the Hemet area. Who is Wally? Well, he is a four-foot long, 55-pound alligator who "worked" from inside a cement pond on the property, says NBC. Now Wally is calling Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary home, since both he, and the 2,285 pot plants he was keeping an eye on are illegal in California.

The pot operation was busted by a Riverside County drug task force team on Monday night, according to the AP. The home's resident, 29-year-old John Nathan Donna, was arrested, and released the following day on $100,000 bail.