An Alabama man who gained widespread notoriety after being accused of feeding methamphetamine to what authorities called his ‘attack squirrel’ has now been charged with a state wildlife offense.
Court records indicate 35-year-old Mickey Joel Paulk has been hit with a count of illegal possession of wildlife.
Paulk has not denied having a pet squirrel he named Deez Nuts, which is illegal under state law. But he has denied police allegations that he fed meth to the squirrel to make it aggressive.
The Limestone County Sheriff’s Office revealed that Paulk was caught on June 27 following a chase, in which he rammed an investigator’s vehicle.
Authorities had been seeking Paulk on multiple felony warrants unrelated to Deez Nuts the squirrel, which was made infamous after police said they were warned about a meth-fueled squirrel that had been trained to attack.
Paulk said prior to his capture that he was working on a plan for turning himself in to authorities.
More than two weeks ago, his home in the 21000-block of Piney Chapel Road in Athens was raided by police after they received an anonymous tip that he was illegally keeping the intoxicated critter in a cage inside and using the property as a drug house.
His associate, Ronnie Reynolds, 37, was arrested during the search and charged with drug possession and loitering in a known drug house, but Paulk was nowhere to be seen.
As a result, investigators issued a warrant for his arrest on charges of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The sheriff’s office said narcotics investigators caught up with him on June 27 while surveying a motel in Killen. They spotted him leaving on a stolen motorcycle and chased him down.
Paulk was initially booked into the Lauderdale County Jail on charges of attempting to elude, criminal mischief, receiving stolen property and felon in possession of a pistol after it was discovered he had a .45-caliber handgun in his waistband.
He was transferred to the Limestone County Jail on Sunday. His bond was set at $6,500.
Deez Nuts was successfully released back into the wild by animal control officials shortly after the June 18 raid, however they were unable to test the squirrel for meth consumption, citing safety concerns.
Paulk has vehemently and repeatedly denied feeding the squirrel meth. He told The Associated Press he had the woodland creature since it was a baby and would never give it drugs.
If convicted of the illegal possession of a wild animal charge, Paulk could be fined between $250 and $500, and possibly receive extra jail time.
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