Lucinda Bates allegedly kept three-metre python in Melba home with drugs, Taser

Soofia Tariq
By Soofia Tariq
Updated June 16 2022 - 10:04pm, first published 7:30pm
The three-metre python, which was allegedly found in the home of Lucinda Anne Bates. Picture: ACT Policing.

A Melba woman allegedly kept a snake in her house where she was also suspected to be keeping drugs, including methylamphetamine and cannabis, and a homemade Taser.


Soofia Tariq

Soofia Tariq

Cadet Journalist

Soofia joined the Canberra Times in 2022 as the cadet. She previously interned and was an audio producer at The Guardian Australia. She has also worked at 2SER Radio and City Hub Sydney. Her email is

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