HOLLADAY — A man who police say was illegally keeping about 20 Burmese pythons in his house was arrested over the weekend.
Marty Lynn Bone, 64, of Holladay, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Friday for investigation of 20 counts of having an exotic animal without a license, two counts of drug possession with intent to distribute, and possession of a firearm by a restricted person.
Bone was arrested after an undercover Unified police officer purchased a baby Burmese python from Bone, according to a police affidavit. Prior to the arrest, the officer reported verifying that Bone “has not applied for or obtained an exotic animal permit or a dangerous animal permit since 2017.”
Police obtained a search warrant to go through Bone’s residence and found 20 pythons “mostly free-roaming” inside the home, according to the affidavit. Ten of the snakes were more than 10-feet long.
“While searching the residence, fresh marijuana, over $2,000 in cash, and a firearm were found in plain sight on the dining room table,” the affidavit states.
In addition, Unified police officers reported finding approximately 500 rats and 50 to 60 rabbits.