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14 arrested on drug charges at Ripplefest September 19, 2005 - toledoblade.com
BLUFFTON, Ohio - This year's September Ripplefest, an open-air concert held in a field on State. Rt. 103, was interrupted last week by a team of undercover police officers who arrested 14 people for drug possession and trafficking.
They were arrested after they were seen with or caught attempting to sell drugs.
Two were arrested after they tried to sell psilocybin mushrooms to an undercover officer. Three people were arrested for possession of the same narcotic after uniformed officers spotted them sitting around a campfire; two others were arrested for possession of ecstasy when they told an undercover officer about their stash.
One person was arrested for having an illegal drug prescription and six others were arrested for possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.
After a few roundups, police officials said the concert organizers announced the presence of undercover police agents at the concert, and the open drug usage dropped significantly.
"That made everyone a little more careful about what they were doing, not being so open about it," said Sgt. Scott Lowry, unit supervisor of Hancock METRICH, a county-wide drug task force that consists of investigators from the Hancock County Prosecutor and Sheriff's Office, and officers from the Findlay Police Department who performed the operation.
"That made everyone a little more careful about what they were doing, not being so open about it," said Sgt. Scott Lowry
Soooooooooo.... is that a good thing? You wanted to arrest people to prove a point so everyone wasn't so open about their drug use? Or are you complaining because it was harder for you to catch and jail people needlessly?