Several dozen people were arrested on drug charges as part of a police sting on Sterling Stage FolkFest.
The 11th annual Sterling Stage FolkFest ran through Memorial Day Weekend, May 21-25, at Sterling Stage Kampitheater and featured Ryan Montbleau Band, among others.
Police arrested 14 people inside the concert on drug charges and 31 outside. Drugs confiscated outside the venue included LSD, cocaine, MDMA, ketamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, hash and marijuana. Uniformed police officers confiscated drugs “at various checkpoints and during stops of traffic vehicles traveling to and from the event,” according to a state police press release.
In all outside the venue, there were nine arrests for criminal possession of a controlled substance, one DWI arrest, 21 pot possession arrests and 87 vehicle and traffic violation tickets issued.
Inside the venue, undercover police arrested 10 people for possessing or selling a controlled substance and four people for selling marijuana.
State police held a press conference Tuesday to announce the results of the drug sting, which was aided by the Oswego County Drug Task Force, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, ICE, the Oswego County District Attorney’s Office, and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office.
Festival Producer Eric McElveen told Syracuse.com that the people who were arrested are people he doesn’t want at his event and he’s glad they’re gone, calling them bad apples.
About 1,500 people attended FolkFest. Tickets for the festival cost up to $70, and overnight camping is included in every ticket.
Sterling Stage has three more festivals scheduled this summer, the next being a 20-Year Anniversary Party headlined by Max Creek July 2-5.