Town of Newburgh Police Find Venomous Cobra During Domestic Incident - Daily Hudson Valley News

Town of Newburgh Police Find Venomous Cobra During Domestic Incident

Mar 11th, 2013 | By | Category: Featured Articles

On March 10, 2013, at about 1:30am, the Town of Newburgh Police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence on Timber Ridge Road in the Town of Newburgh.  Officers arrested Gregory Rodriguez, age 22, of the Town of Newburgh, on the misdemeanor charge of Assault in the third degree.  Rodriguez had struck a female in the face causing injuries to her.

Rodriguez was held by the Town of Newburgh Police until he was arraigned before Newburgh Town Justice Jude Martini.  Rodriguez was released on $500 cash bail pending a future court appearance.

During the course of the investigation it was discovered that Rodriguez was in possession of a “Black Neck Spitting Cobra”, a venomous snake that is native of Africa. The snake was in a glass tank that was located in a master bedroom, next to the bed.

Black Neck Spitting Cobra

The NYS DEC was contacted and responded to assist Town of Newburgh Officers with that aspect of the investigation.  The snake was seized and turned over to a Snake Specialist who is licensed by New York State to handle these types of reptiles.

Rodriguez was charged with a violation of unlawfully possessing and handling a venomous snake.

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