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Nitrous tanks, LSD, mushrooms seized around festival


At least six people have been arrested since Wednesday morning on drug-related charges, as police deploy extra patrols and a check lane geared toward the start of the 15,000-person [Wakarusa Music & Camping Festival.][1]The Kansas Highway Patrol, which set up a three-day check lane on the exit of westbound Interstate 70 at Kansas Highway 10, arrested the following:¢ Three men from Des Moines, Iowa in their early 20s were arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of possession of marijuana, possession with intent to sell LSD, and possession of LSD. All were released on $4,000 bond later in the evening and ordered to appear in court June 20.¢ A 21-year-old Ithaca, NY man was booked into jail Wednesday evening for possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a drug that wasn't specified in jail records, and failure to pay a drug-tax stamp. He was released on $2,500 bond and ordered to appear in court June 20.¢ An 18-year-old man from Cream Ridge, NJ was booked into jail early this morning for possession of LSD, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,500.In addition to those arrests, the Douglas County Sheriff's office arrested a 24-year-old Aspen, Colo. man Wednesday night or early Thursday morning at the festival campgrounds for possession with intent to sell mushrooms and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond is set at $5,500.The sheriff's office also seized 100 miniature nitrous oxide tanks and a medium-sized tank at the campgrounds Wednesday night, spokeswoman Lt. Kari Wempe said. A deputy happened upon both the tanks and the mushrooms and saw them in plain sight, she said. [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/music/wakarusa/2006/


OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 8 months ago

"in plain sight"

THIS is why a strong police presence is needed. These people are dealing without impunity or fear of enforcement. They'll think twice next year.

cutny 11 years, 8 months ago

Macon, perhaps you'd be happier in Western Kansas. I think we'd be happier with you in Western Kansas. Stop crying about the fireworks and smoking bans and stop cutting and pasting your same lame posts into different stories. If you don't have the energy to write something new, don't bother. You're weak.

Dixie Jones 11 years, 8 months ago

my question is HOW many lawrence ppl have they arrested ??? hum looks like all out of state ppl............pondering thoughts

Shane Garrett 11 years, 8 months ago

support your "local" drug dealer. Is the key to your question.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 8 months ago

If "welcoming festival goers = welcoming drug culture" then so long festival. I'm OK with that, Marion.

Brad Barker 11 years, 8 months ago

well put oldenuf. what is so great about attracting all of these drug users to our city? they wont contribute to our economy, they're hippies! they dont have any money!

rpm 11 years, 8 months ago

'Ol sheriff Andy Taylor will be having quite the "tupperware" party when this thing is over.

Chris Baker 11 years, 8 months ago

Wait, why is anyone complaining about people being arrested for commiting crimes? That doesn't make sense.

rpm 11 years, 8 months ago

So, considering that some of these kids brought "product" to sell for gas money home, we'll be seeing some new / temporary additions to our local vagrant population. Scoot over, Simon.

rpm 11 years, 8 months ago

civilDISOBECIENCEisGOOD - tell him to grab a kitchen knife and you'll get Red Ted and Polson and meet him in his bedroom. Chumps, eh? And they wonder why they don't get any respect....

feeble 11 years, 8 months ago

I would be extremely surprised if all those arrested/charged were not aware of the risk involved in trafficking/possessing illicit and/or banned substances. Some times you have to pay the piper, happens to be that this week, the piper lives in Lawrence.

Also, look at the ages of most of these individuals. Look at there cities and states of origin. Seems to me like a bunch of "Trust-a-farians" got busted, might have to miss a semester or two of college to pay off their debt.

Confrontation 11 years, 8 months ago

I just love when they charge someone with "failure to pay a drug-tax stamp." That cracks me up! Thanks Wakarusa "Pest"ival for some comic relief!

girly 11 years, 8 months ago

It just doesn't seem right that they can be stopped and searched without cause.

pundit 11 years, 8 months ago

these out-o-state kids will needs some good drugs, once they discover our chiggers. Coasty kids have never experienced them. :)

Chris Baker 11 years, 8 months ago

Wait, your suggesting that perhaps they brought the drugs as they're own form of "cab money" for the ride home? Wow dude, your nuts. Suggesting that it would all be "ok" if that was the case just makes it worse.

Heck, maybe terrorists buy assault rifles so that they can go bear hunting in the desert or wear bombs in their shoes in case they get an itch. Who the heck are we to take away their guns and bombs right?

adky 11 years, 8 months ago

I bought some mushrooms at Checkers yesterday and sold them to a friend for a salad. I'm just pleased I didn't run into a Gestapo checkpoint on my way home......

i_have_only_valid_opinions 11 years, 8 months ago

How much income does the festival bring in for Lawrence - realistically after all the added expense of beefed up security and jail stays. Anyone ever said in previous years?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 8 months ago

"it's like trying to get rid of an ant infestation by squashing the ants you see on the counter"

But still, you DO squash the ants, don't you? Or do you say "killing you won't matter, so here, let me open the fridge door for you.."?


Pundit is right. If you want to make money on drugs at the festival, go buy a case of hydrocortizone cream and go around selling THAT.

mztrendy 11 years, 8 months ago

everybody can rest easy. The checkpoint at the turnpike is now over. But the police have placed themselves elsewhere throughout the county. There were 8 between Wak and the k10 extension and 3 on farmers. Heck I even saw 1 in Lecompton, home of the no cop town....

betterredthandead 11 years, 8 months ago

oh please - lawrence will always be filled with drugs - it's up to the individual to decide whether they want to do them or not. This festival will really not make much of a difference. What will make a difference though, is that the possibility of earning tourists' money is greatly diminished OH NO (GASP) LSD, Mushrooms, nitrous tanks... surely, these would have trickled down to your kids. Perhaps some of you guys should watch less television. They do a really good job of scaring you through the tube. Furthermore, isn't nitrous oxide available for purchase readily in most places? Oh, and the "it's illegal, so it should be enforced" attitude is irrelevant. No justice system works like that. I can take you around the city and show you probably 100 laws that are not enforced because the cops choose not to enforce them.

Andrew Walker 11 years, 8 months ago

Posted by i_have_only_valid_opinions

"How much income does the festival bring in for Lawrence - realistically after all the added expense of beefed up security and jail stays. Anyone ever said in previous years?"

The only figures I've seen so far in the LJ World are the following: $100,000 to private security $53,316 to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office $30,000 for the use of the park, ( plus $3 each for the first 10,000 attendees and $4 for each after that... last year there were a total of about 50,000 attendees) $3x10,000=$30,000 $4x40,000=$160,000 Total: $373,316 that I know of... $273,316 of which is going to the government.

Granted, not all of this money is being injected into Lawrence's economy, but I know that plenty will. Hopefully the LJ World will do an article about it.

Centrist 11 years, 8 months ago

Like the fireworks law, for example ...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 8 months ago

So, what do you all think? Will next year be:

1) Same people showing up with same drugs.

2) Fewer people with fewer drugs.

3) Same situation, but with drugs shoved up rectum before they reach the turnpike exit.

Place your votes!

LivedinLawrence4Life 11 years, 8 months ago

Way to go law enforcement. We are proud of the officials who had the guts to make the decision to enforce the law. Let's arrest all those who are dealing and doing drugs at the festival and around Lawrence and get them out of Lawrence before they get elected to the city commission! Let the law abiding citizens can enjoy the music festival without drugged out losers being around them.

DaREEKKU 11 years, 8 months ago

Who are we to judge these people for choosing to put these substances in your body? Those of you who claim to be Republican should be outraged at the blantent infringement of government into these peoples' personal lives and NOT only that but the fact that they are stopping people without cause. Just a thought. I say we keep Wakarusa Music Festival. Kansas needs Culture.

conservative 11 years, 8 months ago

50,000 attendees is incorrect. One of the articles quoted the person running the festival as saying they can take a maximum of 15,000 people, and last year they had 14,000.

Quigebo 11 years, 8 months ago

If they've only nailed 6 people so far, I would say 1) the police aren't being very effective, and 2) there are going to be 14,994 stoned festival goers who are going to have fun and will come back next year!

jhawkrawk 11 years, 8 months ago

I would like to offer my sympathy to those attending the Wakarusa Music Festival. It seems that you have been met by the "welcome wagon" of Kansas, our conservative politics.

Born and raised here, I have always admired the kindness of our citizens. But, Lawrence is a blue island, surrounded by a sea of red. Please, do not judge our loving city by the way you were treated by the state.

Although we can make no excuses for the state, we would like to welcome you! Most of us are so happy that many of you travel thousands of miles to visit our little island.

We hope you return. We cannot make any promises, but many of us will do whatever it takes to make sure you feel more welcome, the next time you come to town.

By the way, if Kansas has so much drug enforcement money available, why aren't we cracking down on the clubs that harbor the worst threats to our city since Quantrill, namely gangs fighting for our "territory"?

It's time to roll out this "unwelcome mat" to those who visit a certain club downtown, every weekend. Thugs with drugs and guns must be weeded out, but leave the peaceful hippies alone.

monkeyhawk 11 years, 8 months ago

"Way to go law enforcement. We are proud of the officials who had the guts to make the decision to enforce the law. Let's arrest all those who are dealing and doing drugs at the festival and around Lawrence and get them out of Lawrence before they get elected to the city commission!"

Now that was so good I had to repeat it to my partner.

Just when I think I am seriously going to move out of this town, some of you come up with such good sh*t, that it makes me think I'll stay 4 life, too. Thanks!

Baille 11 years, 8 months ago

Did you see that Judge Fairchild wants to handle these arrests at a first appearance docket? Plead guilty and go home?

These people should not only challeneg the constitutionality of the arrests, they should sue the KHP and the State of Kansas under 42 USC 1983.

anonimiss 11 years, 8 months ago

Challenge? They were arrested with drugs. THEY...WERE...ARRESTED...WITH...DRUGS. It's against the law. You wackos with your "it's not fair that they pulled me over without any cause, it's unconstitutional". If you're going to Wakarusafest and you're from more than a hundred miles away, it's enough of a cause to search the car for me. To say they're here for the music is ignorant/naive. Good riddance to the drug dealers.

egypt 11 years, 8 months ago

What did you think was going to happen at wakarusa fest, of course theres drugs, Apparently out of town people are dumb enough to get caught, are we supose to act shocked there where drugs at this concert...

justmehere 11 years, 8 months ago

I was pulled over for doing 47mph in a 40mph today just west of Wakarusa on 6th st. The nice little police man let me off with a warning. Remind me to stay off the turnpike...lololol. :)

adavid 11 years, 8 months ago

it's a strong word and i dislike using it but god i HATE hippies

Mama 11 years, 8 months ago

As a local business owner, I have to say I have a VERY sour taste in my mouth re: Wakfest Hippies. I spent @ $2500 last year to have a space at the Festival to sell sunscreen and burn relief gel to concertgoers. I even made sure to buy HEMPZ brand so as to appeal to their hippieness. And you know what? I sold $100 worth of product. You know why? Because I wanted MONEY for my product and my Hempz didn't have any THC in it. Freakin' dirtbag, wantin' somethin' for nothin' looooosers. Okay. Happy face now!! :)

justmehere 11 years, 8 months ago

Q: How do you hide money from a hippie? A: Put it under the soapdish.

hee hee...sorry...was a line from an old song. oi oi hippie get your hair cut! Peace out.... ; )

Richard Heckler 11 years, 8 months ago

The K-10 speeders love it that law enforcement is being kept busy elsewhere.

lunacydetector 11 years, 8 months ago

what, nobody from topeka arrested yet?

well merrill at least there are (i am sure) a few less intoxicated or drug impaired people driving on our highways.

Baille 11 years, 8 months ago



However, some of us still believe in the US Constitution, the principles it embodies, and the duty of the state to abide by its tenets. While being from out of town and heading to a concert may be enough for you to piss on the Fourth Amendment, many of us are deeply offended by the totalitarian tactics of our public servants. It's a conservative thing. I am sure you wouldn't understand. :)

sofa_king_cool 11 years, 8 months ago

This setting would make a perfect intro to the movie Super Troopers part II

gamecat 11 years, 8 months ago

What's the Matter with Kansas? by Thomas Frank

Read it!

This is no surprise to me. No wonder nobody goes to Kansas and why everyone leaves as soon as they are old enough to. Unless they marry their sister, park their but in front of a tv, and just do what they are told to.

This festival gave me hope for your state. But its back to the same old same old. I can't wait till they move this to a place that actually welcomes people and treats them like humans.

satisfied 11 years, 8 months ago

So glad I found this thread. I had plans to load up the family and drive 5 hrs to Lawrence tonight to see the folks. Unfortunately I drive a vw van and along with my wife and 3 kids, we will be bringing our 2 small dogs that don't get along well with other dogs in the car. Needless to say, I don't need to get profiled and then risk a bad situation with a large police dog in front of my kids.

Overreaction? probably, but tell that to my dog loving family

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