Drug-sniffing lizard joins Avondale Police Department as part of late April Fool's Day prank

Posted at 12:08 PM, Apr 17, 2017
and last updated 2019-03-29 18:01:08-04

Turns out a drug-sniffing bearded dragon working with the Avondale Police Department was too good to be true.

The story began gaining national attention on Monday, following an April 13 Facebook post that featured photos of Chief Nannenga swearing in Iroh the lizard.

Sadly, the swearing in was just part of a late April Fool's Day prank.

Avondale police tell ABC15 the prank was aimed at bringing attention to the department's Facebook page.