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Phish fans continue history of drug arrests

PhishAC022311_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The band Phish has had most of its success through their live show experience, and has a rabid base of fans. Those fans have developed a long history at the band’s concerts, which continued during Tuesday's concert at PNC in Holmdel.

Phish last played at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel on June 28 and 29 of 2000. According to Jersey Shore Metromix, the 10-year absence may have been due to the 70 plus arrests that happened at those shows.

The Asbury Park Press reports that New Jersey State Police hauled in 20 concertgoers found in possession of hallucinogenic and illegal drugs at the May 31 Phish concert in Holmdel.

Court documents revealed that twenty people were found in possession of or distributing ketamine, LSD, Ecstasy and psilocybin — or mushrooms, along with marijuana, cocaine and nitrous oxide gas.

New Jersey Newsroom previously reported that there were over 60 arrests at three Phish concerts at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, which saw drugs from marijuana to nitrous oxide to LSD being found by police.

According to the Press of Atlantic City, police recovered over 100 pills of various prescription narcotics, along with brownies, cookies and Rice Krispies that were laced with marijuana. They also found 21 cookies containing LSD.

 
Comments (7)
7 Tuesday, 07 June 2011 11:39
CSS
The wed holmdel show just reminded me why I avoid Jersey at all costs. The parking lot was a police state. I never saw anything more pathetic. Get a life Jersey. I hear Newark might need some extra cops but I guess kids smoking a joint at a tailgate is way more important. I wonder how much all those extra uniforms & undercovers cost you Jersey taxpayers in overtime?
6 Friday, 03 June 2011 12:24
Used to live in Philly
NJ sucks!!!! Left that side of the country due to the stupid things pulled off by the DB's in charge. Clean up the streets before you bust a kid. It's funny to read about the posession stuff especially if cops were looking into car windows-illegal searcha nd seizure.
5 Friday, 03 June 2011 06:22
zig zag
Again NJ is a state to laugh at. The amount of police presence at these shows is just a waste. I cant tell you how much the police are needed on the streets of Newark, or Jersey City arresting the really bad people car jacking, murdering, and bullying kids in school, not smoking a bowl at a concert. NJ just needs to face the facts you love Phish coming to town because you can send in a 100 cops to arrest 20 people smoking the doobie. I wounder if Geprge Washington would have been arrested when he smoked hemp crossing the Delaware River???
4 Thursday, 02 June 2011 21:48
notallphishheads
Of course there are going to be more drug busts at a Phish concert than others, but that doesn't mean there are more drugs at a Phish show. That just means that the stigma of that scene lures more cops. I bet if you were at a Metallica concert (for example) you would find many more people on harder drugs and much less orderly. At least you can usually count on the Phish heads to keep their recreation peaceful. Leave the hippies alone! That is where they go to get away and deal with the craziness in the world. Clean up the streets and worry about the drug dealers with guns!
3 Thursday, 02 June 2011 21:25
usedtobe1812
So yet again, Phish comes through town and wows the crowds who are primarily a bunch of kids and young professionals and this is the reporting that comes out of it. Pathetic...

You can do better than that... Here's an interesting read that may be thought provoking to the reader: The presence of cops at the show was absolutely ridiculus. Our group all agreed that we could not help but feel on edge with the police activity everywhere even though no one in the group had drugs of any kind in their possession. The cops were literally walking up to cars and looking in car windows, walking through tailgate parties and waiting to pounce. And for what, to possibly find a couple of kids smoking a joint?!? Comon NJ!! Really?!? What a aggregious waste of public money. Are there simply too many State Cops in NJ? THIS is the priority? Really? How about the tax dollars that were allocated for the State Police task force are stripped from the State Police and are redistributed to New Jersey's diminishing after school program...namely the music program. That way, we can ensure that our children will grow up with current examples of great musicians like Phish. Our priorities are so backasswards!
2 Thursday, 02 June 2011 21:16
YouAnnoyMyself
find something meaningful and challenging to report on
1 Thursday, 02 June 2011 20:19
Mjcfore
So what's worst kids havin fun enjoyin themselves and the music and not hurting a soul or the crackheads that roam the streets stealin from people and killing people??? How bout u write about why they don't step up the police presence in camden and Newark. Come on people wake up and see where the real problems in this world are!

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