Arizona man arrested after trying to sell tiger cub on social media to undercover officers

PHOENIX — A man in Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested for allegedly trying to sell a tiger cub on social media to undercover officers.

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Phoenix Police Department on Twitter said that Carlos Castro-Alcaraz, 25, was arrested Monday for possession of live wildlife as well as game and fish violations for allegedly advertising the tiger cub on social media.

Police said officers served a search warrant for Castro-Alcaraz’s house and found an alligator and a dozen snapping turtles, according to The Associated Press. The animals were removed from the house and turned over to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The arrest happened after officers negotiated the sale of the tiger cub prior to serving a search warrant at Castro-Alcaraz’s house near 27th Avenue and Baseline Road, according to KSAZ.

Castro-Alcaraz was reportedly trying to sell the cub for $20,000, according to the AP.

According to court records obtained by KTVK, Castro-Alcaraz allegedly told officers that he had bought a tiger cub last week for $8,000 from another man in Arizona. Castro-Alcaraz said that the man wasn’t taking care of the tiger and he felt bad so he bought the tiger cub from him.

The animals were removed from the house and turned over to the Arizona Game and Fish Department, according to The AP.

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