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Ten busted for drugs at concert One man had 27 ounces of mushrooms and marijuana June 30, 2005 - jhzone.com
Police issued drug- and alcohol-related citations to 10 people during Tuesday night's Widespread Panic concert at Snow King Amphitheater, according to police.
Six people were arrested and four were issued tickets for charges including possession of a controlled substance, delivery of narcotics and minor under the influence, Jackson Police Sgt. Alan John said Wednesday.
At least three people were arrested on felony drug charges associated with distribution at the venue, while others faced allegations for misdemeanor possession, according to documents in Jackson's 9th Circuit Court.
A few others were arrested after the concert on drug charges and driving while under the influence. Law enforcement dispatch recorded 10 drug offenses and many other incidents between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the area of the venue, according to the Teton County Sheriff's Office.
Undercover officers working inside the venue arrested a few people after watching them allegedly selling drugs, John said.
"There were at least two freezer bags, one of marijuana and one of mushrooms," John said about drug seizures. "There were several quantities of multiple plastic baggies and individual arrests."
The arrest of a 26-year-old Pontotoc, Miss., man allegedly yielded 45 individually wrapped packages of psilocybin mushrooms totaling about 27 ounces, marijuana and scales, according to charging documents.
A 22-year-old Oakville, Conn., man was arrested for felony possession of mushrooms and possession with intent to deliver, and a 21-year-old Tipton, Ind., man allegedly had mushrooms, marijuana and Ecstasy that led to felony charges, according to court documents.
Police presence totaled 10 officers, two sheriff's deputies and six members of the Citizens Mounted Patrol to cover the estimated 3,500 people attending the show, John said.
With law enforcement personnel appearing to keep their presence low-key inside the venue, the main complaints voiced appeared to be with the food and beer vendors. At intermission, Domino's Pizza had run out of pie and the beer kegs had been drained as well.
Though bathroom facilities improved over past Bravo Entertainment productions at the facility, the presence of only eight Port-a-Johns at the front left of the stage led some concertgoers to relieve themselves on the green fencing along the venue's edge.
The concert - Widespread Panic's first visit to the valley since a July 1999 show at Snow King Center - displayed a strong performance by the group. Taking the stage at just after 7 p.m., the band treated the attendees to energetic versions of workhorses "Space Wrangler," "Hatfield" and "Stop-Go" during the 90-minute first set.
The show ended at 10:30 p.m. but an impromptu vending area in the Snow King Center's lower parking lot was the scene of a post-show party that extended for another hour. In a tradition begun by fans of the Grateful Dead, a small contingent of Widespread Panic fans travel with the band, hawking everything from quesadillas and egg rolls to T-shirts and posters to finance a summer of live music.
Quote: Though bathroom facilities improved over past Bravo Entertainment productions at the facility, the presence of only eight Port-a-Johns at the front left of the stage led some concertgoers to relieve themselves on the green fencing along the venue's edge.