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Small monkey found during drug bust in Thousand Palms

Riverside County sheriff's deputies found a marmoset monkey during a drug bust in Thousand Palms on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013. (Riverside County Animal Services)
August 4, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Riverside County sheriff's deputies found a diaper-wearing monkey during a drug bust in Thousand Palms on Friday.

Along with illegal narcotics, deputies discovered a 2-year-old marmoset monkey named Penny inside a home on the 31600 block of Christy Way, according to Riverside County Animal Services.

It is illegal to own such an animal without a permit from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, so a woman living at the home signed Penny over to animal services.

The small monkey was transported to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus, which specializes in caring for exotic pets.

Two people at the home were taken into custody. Their names have not been released.


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