Two men were arrested at a local Hookah bar Sunday after a Conway police officer who entered the establishment to speak to the owner about recent problems at the business discovered the men inside a back room smoking suspected marijuana.
According to a police report, the officer entered Myst Hookah Bar on Van Ronkle Street during normal hours of operation Sunday evening to discuss recent incidents that had occurred at the business following Saturday night parties.
Once inside, according to a police report, the officer "immediately smelled the odor of burnt marijuana." The owner of the business was discovered sleeping on a couch.
The officer reportedly heard cursing coming from a smaller room at the back of the business, and as he approached the room, the smell of marijuana "became stronger."
Four individuals inside of the room didn’t notice the officer approach the room and one of the men was observed placing a plastic pipe to his mouth and lighting its contents with a lighter. According to the report, when the man finally noticed the officer, he placed the pipe and lighter down on the table near a bag of suspected marijuana.
Two of the men in the room, identified as Clayton Adams, 18, of Conway, and Chase Fox, 19, of Vilonia, reportedly admitted to possessing and smoking marijuana.
Officers who searched the pair reportedly discovered a red metal pipe in Adams’ pants pocket.
Police also spoke with the owner about concerns of disturbances, drug arrests, juvenile curfew violations and conformity to fire code.
The owner reportedly said he did not allow patrons to smoke marijuana in the business and admitted he had not discussed occupancy limits with the fire marshall, but told police he would "stop the problems" that had been occurring.
The suspected marijuana, pipe and a black grinder containing suspected marijuana were confiscated from the scene for submission to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.
Adams and Fox were transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center and charged with possession of marijuana.
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