June 28, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Mickey Paulk, 35, was being hunted by deputies from the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office after they received a tip-off about the trained, meth-fueled rodent ahead of a raid. His pal, 37-year-old Ronnie Reynolds, was arrested during the search near Athens in Alabama.
Officers seized the squirrel and shared a video showing it behaving erratically and bouncing off the sides of its cage. But they were unable to test Deeznutz for drugs and later released him after Paulk had fled on a stolen motorcycle.
Paulk was finally being held on multiple unrelated arrest warrants last night following a chase in which he rammed an investigator’s vehicle. Officers had recovered drugs, body armor and ammunition during the raid. Paulk posted a video on his Facebook page while still on the run earlier this week apparently showing him reunited with Deeznuts. ‘You can’t give squirrels meth; it would kill ‘em. I’m pretty sure, (but) I’ve never tried it,’ he said in the clip. He said the woodland creature, which he kept as a pet, did not pose a threat to anyone. ‘The public isn’t in danger in any kind of way from the methed-out squirrel in the neighborhood,’ Paulk added with a laugh. He claimed a friend gave him the animal shortly after it was born, adding that he had owned it ‘since it was a little pink thing’.
Paulk denied living at the home, saying he arrived there after the raid and saw the squirrel up in a treetop. ‘I just pulled up and whistled,’ he said, describing how the rodent scurried down and hopped up onto his shoulder. Deputies confirmed they released the squirrel in trees close to the address but said there was no way to say whether or not the one in the clip was Deeznutz. ‘We don’t know if he might even have two squirrels,’ a spokesman said. ‘It would just be speculation.’
credit: In part with https://metro.co.uk/2019/06/28/man-got-squirrel-called-deeznutz-hooked-meth-arrested-10084968/