Great Bend man bitten by exotic, venomous snake - then was arrested

(Source: Barton County Sheriff's Office)
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GREAT BEND, Kan. (KWCH) -- Great Bend police arrested a man on drug multiple drug charges after he was bitten by an exotic, venomous snake.

Police say the man was bitten by the snake on Monday and had to seek medical attention. On Tuesday, they were notified that the snake was at 1017 Taft, which is in Great Bend city limits, violating a city ordinance.

Officers went to the residence to investigate and spoke with 25-year-old Ari Hooley, who then refused to turn over the snake to animal control officers.

The Great Bend Police Department obtained a search warrant for the residence and located the reptile which had been decapitated and buried by the owner, prior to an officer’s arrival. Narcotics were located in the residence.

A second search warrant was obtained and executed for the illegal drugs. Officers located evidence of cultivation and distribution of a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms. Officers also located suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence.

Officers arrested Hooley for unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances within 1000 feet of a school, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and no drug tax stamp. Hooley was booked into the Barton County Detention Center in lieu of a $300,000.00 bond.

Anyone with information about this crime or any other crime, can contact the Great Bend Police Department at 620-793-4120 or Crime Stoppers at 620-792-1300.