Habitat for Humanity Now Owns Four Drug Houses Once Run by the West Side Gator Boyz

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Like this guy, except smaller, on a leash, and possibly not real.
Tyrone and Patrick Weatherall had a number of bad habits. Besides the obvious one, their fondness for selling crack, the brothers had lavish, attention-getting taste, which is probably ill-advised when you're in the drug-selling business. According to street lore, when the Weatheralls first united some Crips and Bloods to form a new gang, they got themselves a small alligator. People in the neighborhood used to watch them parade it around on a leash and remark, "There go those gator boys."

That is, apparently, how the now-infamous West Side Gator Boyz got their names. Along with the possibly mythical alligator, Tyrone Weatherall eventually admitted to using his drug money to buy "several horses, five houses and a BMW." (He also had a tiger at one point, which authorities claimed attacked one of his horses. That incensed him so much that he ordered one of his lackeys to kill the tiger. Its body was found near I-35 two days after Christmas 2007.)

Charming guys, and probably wonderful neighbors. Back in 2010 both Weatheralls went to prison for a very long time. Patrick is in state prison for a few more months before moving up to federal custody, where he'll spend around 30 years. Tyrone is already in a minimum-security federal facility in East Arkansas. He'll be locked up for 16 more years.

That left the question about what to do with their many properties. Authorities said at the time that they ran more than 20 drug houses, all of them concentrated in a small area of West Dallas. Habitat for Humanity announced Friday that at the end of February, they acquired four of the Gator Boyz former drug houses, all of them on Life Avenue in the West Dallas community of Los Altos.

According to a press release, Habitat first became interested in acquiring the Life Avenue properties after reading about them on Unfair Park. Habitat is a part of Operation Goodwill, a Department of Justice program that allows the feds to hand over seized real estate to qualified state, federal and non-profit agencies. Habitat reports that they had to pay close to $70,000 in liens on the Life Avenue houses, including delinquent property taxes, mowing liens, office maintenance charges from the Marshals, and $46,000 in child support liens. Another nonprofit was originally awarded the properties, Habitat says, before backing out due to the size of the liens.

Habitat reports that two of the houses will likely need to be torn down and completely rebuilt; they don't mention what will become of the other two. They'll be required to rebuild and sell the homes within one year of acquiring the properties.

On March 26, they're planning a morning celebration in the 2200 block of Life Avenue. If you plan to attend, leave your pet gator at home. Bad form.


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dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about under than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about under than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about under than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about under than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about other than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

manpanties
manpanties

I wouldn't want to be the new home owner when one of those dudes gets out of prison and comes back looking for his old hangout.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Wow, the idiot commentators are out in full force.

backpagemama
backpagemama

Habitat for Crack... they are just putting up nice cozy crack houses to replace the old ones because the lucrative market is still there, regardless of whether the Weatherall boyz are players.  Fuck the police!

bifftannen
bifftannen

Sounds like the tiger was just trying to save that guy some money. He gets shot for trying to help a brother. Damn.

JohnBoy
JohnBoy

With all the gross abuses in our asset forfeiture laws, I won't be donating to Habitat for Humanity anytime soon.  They are just whoring themselves out so our government can put a happy face on their drug war run amok, which breeds people like the Weatheralls.

http://forfeiturereform.com/

JohnBoy
JohnBoy

With all the gross abuses in our asset forfeiture laws, I won't be donating to Habitat for Humanity anytime soon.  They are just whoring themselves out so our government can put a happy face on their drug war run amok, which breeds people like the Weatheralls.

http://forfeiturereform.com/

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

this is great for Habitat.  Selling drugs is much more profitable than building houses for charity.  I think this is a capital idea!

dawn_brown8
dawn_brown8

@Anna_Merlan hahahaha is that funny to you? I missed something when reading your article because I didn't read anything that was so hilarious!! Do you not have anything better to do or write about under than finding a topic of a story that happened back in 2010? It's 2013 you couldn't find anything better to post? If this is all you can come up with you need to look for a better job because as a reporter you SUCK

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