Great Bend police said they confiscated a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside a Great Bend man’s home. They also found a Coral Cobra that was decapitated.
On Wednesday, police were notified that a man was in possession of an exotic, venomous snake. They went to the 25-year-old man’s home in the 1000 block of Taft to investigate.
During the course of the investigation, police said the suspect admitted to owning the exotic venomous snake. Police said the suspect refused to cooperate. Search warrants were obtained. During the search, the snake was located. It had been buried and decapitated. Officers found evidence of cultivation and a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms.
Ari Hooley was arrested and transported to the Barton County Detention Center. He was booked on suspicion of unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances distribution within 1000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia and no tax stamp. He faces a $300,000 bond.
The snake was reported to have bitten the owner on Monday, and he received medical attention.