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Manic Marmoset Leads Cops to Owner's Stash

Police chase a tiny, terrorizing monkey home and discover its owner's drugs.

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By Bryan Le

05/08/12

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A North Carolina man came home to find a surprise waiting for him: his tiny pet monkey had led the cops to his stash of drugs. His monkey—a squirrel-sized marmoset named Couscous—raised a ruckus after it escaped the house and bit three people in the neighborhood. Officers tracked the pesky primate back to the residence of its owner, 40-year-old Charles Winecoff; it was while cornering the animal that they discovered their haul: three pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, hashish, ecstasy and lots of paraphernalia. Winecoff has been charged with multiple drug-related charges, and his drugs, paraphernalia and monkey have been seized. Unfortunately, things look set to go even worse for Couscous: officials decided to "euthanize" the illegally-owned marmoset—a decision made because of the possibility of rabies and the lack of an effective vaccine, rather than to placate the three bitten individuals.

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