Plea reached in music festival drug case

An Albuquerque, N.M., man originally charged with felony drug dealing at the Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival has received a fine and unsupervised probation after reaching a plea agreement. In a hearing last week in District Court, Judge Paula Martin ordered Dustin D. Russell to pay a $500 fine and court costs and placed him on six months’ unsupervised probation.

He was initially charged with dealing LSD, but the charge was reduced to misdemeanor drug possession as part of a plea agreement with Dist. Atty. Charles Branson’s office.

In an interview after his arrest, Russell admitted using LSD – or “getting spun” – at concerts to enhance the experience of the music.

“It’s just part of the scene,” he said.

But he denied he was selling the drug.