Great Bend man bitten by snake, charged with drug possession

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GREAT BEND — Great Bend police who responded to reports that a man was bitten by a venomous snake allegedly found the snake decapitated and hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home.

The department says on a Facebook post that officers went to the home of 25-year-old Ari Hooley on Tuesday after he was treated Monday for bite from a Coral Cobra, a venomous snake. It is illegal to own an exotic or venomous snake in Great Bend.

KAKE-TV reports Hooley refused to cooperate with officers. When they returned later with a search warrant, officers found the snake decapitated and buried. Police say they also found “a large quantity” of hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Hooley is facing several drug-related charges, including unlawful cultivation or distribution of controlled substances near a school.

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