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Concerning drug use at the festival, Roesler explained a certain “core” subculture made up the majority of drug dealers, and that a much larger group of festival goers were there “to enjoy” the music and festival environment.
Further, he admitted while police personnel did their best to search out the source of those drugs — and had some success on that front, seizing about $80,000 (street value) of drugs and about $20,000 in cash — there is simply only so much they could do.
“In a nutshell, what you saw is what your get. There is no changing that.” When asked why all drugs couldn’t be found prior to letting people into the festival grounds, he said it would “take a week-and-a-half” to search everyone. “You have to pick your battles.”
Roesler went on to note that the state police, if asked to be involved again, would “do a few things differently logistically, improve our approach a bit,” but that no major changes would be forthcoming.
“It went as well as you can expect for a first-time event,” said Roesler, adding there were 31-32 arrests made, with half of those actually lodged in jail.