Published: Jul 27, 2011 8:24 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 27, 2011 7:24 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut Supreme Court says a former Greenwich man shouldn't have been charged with possessing a crocodile because police found the reptile during an illegal warrantless search of his home.
    
The court in a 4-2 ruling Wednesday ordered a lower court to dismiss the case against Gary Ryder, who was arrested in 2004 and paid a $35 fine after pleading no contest.
    
Ryder says Greenwich police violated his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizures. But officers say they believed a teenager was in danger and entered Ryder's home under an emergency exception to the warrant requirement. The teen wasn't at the home and was OK, but police say they discovered a 6- to 7-foot-long crocodile.
    
The court ruled there wasn't reason to believe the teen was in danger.

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