|Who, age||What||Where||When||Last Known Address|
|Norman James Vollan, 29||exotic animal seized during drug search||
|February 10, 2007|
|Type of Crime||Other Crimes||#/Type of animal(s) involved||Case Status||Next Court Date /Courthouse|
|Misdemeanor||felon in possession of drug, child pornography||1 coatimundi||
An exotic animal with a long snout, bear-like claws and a tail like a raccoon scared the heck out of some narcotics investigators searching a home for drugs.
Riverside County sheriff's investigators said the "strange looking," "sloth-like" animal emerged from its hiding place in the Lakeland Village home.
It was eventually identified as a coatimundi, usually found in the forests of Central and South America.
(file photo of a coatimundi)
Possessing a coatimundi is illegal in California without a license, and Fish and game official Kyle Chang said the animal's owner, 29-year-old Norman James Vollan, will have to give it up to a zoo or to someone with an exotic animal license. In the meantime, the animal was taken to an undisclosed animal sanctuary. Chang said, he did not want to reveal the sanctuary location, for fear Vollan would try to reclaim his pet.
Vollan was arrested after deputies discovered methamphetamine and child pornography in his home, sheriff's investigators said.
He "was pretty much crying in jail" when he learned he would lose his coatimundi, Chang said. He said Vollan bought the animal for about $1,000 three years ago and had it imported from Texas to Nevada, where he was working at the time.
Change said he didn't know the animals name, but said it was living in the house like an average cat or dog. "It was pretty friendly".
Update 2/14/07: A convicted felon pleaded not guilty to drug and child pornography charges stemming from a raid at his Lakeland Village home that allegedly yielded methamphetamine, child pornography and a coatimundi – a sloth-like South American creature illegal in California.
Judge David Downing ordered Vollan to remain in custody on $40,000 bail. He scheduled a felony settlement conference Feb. 21.
Vollan also faces enhancements of possession of drug paraphernalia and committing a crime while on bail.
The defendant was already scheduled for a felony settlement conference on a misdemeanor drug possession charge stemming from an October arrest. That hearing was continued to Feb. 21 to coincide with the other case. There will also be a hearing that day on an alleged probation violation, Downing said.
Vollan has been on probation since 2000, when he pleaded guilty to an assault charge and was sentenced to 36 months probation, court records indicate.
Vollan was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and possession of pornographic material involving a minor in 2002, pleading guilty to those charges in 2004, the records state.
In addition to probation, Vollan was ordered to pay fines and restitution to the court, get counseling, avoid associating with minors and stay away from pornographic material.
In October 2006, he was arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, and being a felon with a gun and ammunition.
His misdemeanor case was moving through the court and he was free on $5,000 bail when he was arrested this weekend.
Deputies allegedly found what they called a significant amount of methamphetamine and several items of child pornography at Vollan's home. As they were leaving, the sloth-like animal came out of hiding, Alkire said.
State Department of Fish and Game officers identified the creature as a South American coatimundi, which cannot be kept legally in California. The long-nosed carnivore had been de-clawed and could not survive in the wild.
Vollan was given a misdemeanor citation for having the animal.
Update 2/16/07: Vollan was one of 3 men arrested after a search warrant was served on 2 homes on October 17, 2002.
Lake Elsinore police officers seized about 149 grams of suspected marijuana, one-half gram of suspected methamphetamine, child pornography, 5 riffles and 2 handguns at the 18000 block of Brightman Avenue. Police also found about 203 grams of suspected marijuana at the 3300 block of Wood St.
Norman Vollan, 25 was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of child pornography. Michael Vollan, 22, was arrested for conspiracy to sell marijuana. Jason Wolter, 21 was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
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