ELKO – A midnight security check at a downtown bar led to the arrest of two alleged pot smokers.

According to Police Lt. Ty Trouten, officers were doing a routine security check around midnight when they were overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana at Cowboys.

Police confronted the two, who were lingering near the door just after midnight while others inside complained of the smell, said Trouten.

Officers arrested Marcus Conner, 24, of Carlin and Stephany Dennis, 21, of Elko for smoking marijuana in public.

When asked if he knew why they were charging him Connor reportedly said, “I thought it was illegal but it’s the New Year.”

Trouten advised marijuana users to learn the laws of Nevada if they wish to partake of the substance.

“It is not legal to smoke marijuana in public,” he said.

He especially wanted to remind residents that smoking marijuana in your vehicle or driving while under the influence could result in arrest and penalty.

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Bail for Connor and Dennis is $740 each.

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This story has been corrected to indicate the suspects were arrested shortly after midnight.

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