Convicted gator killer charged with cocaine possession

August 9, 2014 

A Marathon man notorious for taking part in the killing of a protected alligator at the Blue Hole on Big Pine Key -- a crime for which he went to prison -- has found trouble again.

Timothy Goll, 26, was charged Wednesday with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of marijuana during a traffic stop at U.S. 1 and 121st Street.

A Monroe County Sheriff's Office report says that at 9:10 p.m., a deputy pulled over an F5-150 pickup Goll was driving because its tail lights weren't working. The deputy wrote he smelled "the strong odor of burnt marijuana emitting" from the truck.

He wrote that gave him probable cause to search, and he found a joint on the floor board. He also found under the truck's bench seat a cigarette pack containing a gram of cocaine, he wrote.

Goll reportedly admitted the drugs were his and was taken to jail, from which he's since bailed out.

Goll became famous -- some would say infamous -- when he was arrested in 2006 for taking part in the beating death of the gator after shooting its eyes out. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials found out about it after Goll and another man posted a photo online of them with the dead reptile. The case became national news and crowds overflowed the courtroom when Goll and a co-defendant went before a judge.

He had received probation but violated it several times, including by testing positive for marijuana and cocaine, and ultimately was sent to state prison for three years. He started his sentence in June 2009 and finished it in May 2011 (he had received credit for time served).

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