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Police arrest 400 people at electronic music festival in Southern California

September 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Police arrest 400 people at electronic music festival in Southern California

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Police in Southern California arrested 400 people and five people had to be taken to the hospital during a three-day electronic music festival over the Labor Day weekend.

According to the Los Angeles Times, close to 70,000 people attended the three-day Nocturnal Wonderland festival at the San Manuel Amphitheater over the weekend in Devore.

By the end of the first day of the event on Friday, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department had arrested 111 people during security screening at the entrance to the amphitheater.

Police said 141 people were arrested on suspicion of drug possession, drug sales, being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and assault and battery. In the final two days, police arrested 176 additional people for being under the influence of drugs and alcohol along with indecent exposure.

One sheriff’s deputy was reported injured Friday night and was hospitalized with minor injuries. He was later released. Another deputy was involved in an accident Sunday when a person smashed into his police motorcycle, according to the Los Angeles Times. The deputy was uninjured and the person was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Electronic music festivals have been notoriously tied to drug overdoses of young adults. Some see ecstasy and club drugs as part of the experience. The LA Times noted that three people died in July during the Hard Summer festival in Fontana.

The most recent death at the Nocturnal Wonderland electronic music festival occurred in 2013 when a 22-year-old died after overdosing on ecstasy and meth.

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