Police arrest 24 at Phish concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion
Twenty four people were arrested at a couple of Phish concerts over the weekend, Howard County Police said in a statement today.
In addition, three cars containing drugs, including ecstasy and pot, were seized, as well as $2,000 in cash. Twenty citations for underage drinking were also issued.
There's regular police enforcement at Merriweather during the summer concert season, but, "additional resources were allocated for the Phish concerts, which have historically shown increased drug activity at the venue," police said.
For the concert, police sent officers from the special ops, vice, narcotics, traffic and patrol divisions.
Phish begun a two-night residency at Merriweather on Saturday. The concert drew more than 19,000 people on Saturday and 16,000 on Sunday, according to police.
Police did not say when the arrests took place, or if the individuals have been released.
In total, 24 people, ages ranging from 19 to 41, were arrested on drug-related charges. They came from Maryland, South Carolina, Washington D.C., Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and at least one person, from Texas, and another from California.
Police seized marijuana, hashish, ecstasy, nitrous oxide and methamphetamine at the concerts. A 2000 Chevy Truck, a 2000 Saab, and a Honda motorcycle containing drugs were also seized.
Some Midnight Sun readers who were at Merriweather over the weekend commented on the show earlier this week.