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Published September 20, 2010, 04:41 PM

Man Charged with Poisonous Spider Possession

Minot police say a San Diego man has been charged with possession of a poisonous spider.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot police say a San Diego man has been charged with possession of a poisonous spider.

The Minot Daily News reports that the black widow spider was found in a container in 22-year-old Matthew Smith's motel room on Friday.

Police say officials from the Minot zoo confirmed that the insect was a female black widow spider.

Authorities say possession of a poisonous spider is a misdemeanor under city ordinance.

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