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Some fans of Phish may battle drug crime charges in the new year

Phish fanatics who wanted to support their favorite band during a New Year's Eve celebration in New York could end up facing drug crime charges. According to reports, police who were both in uniform and plain-clothed infiltrated the crowd in search of drug users. As a result, more than 200 Phish enthusiasts were nabbed as having been part of some sort of drug crime activity.

The authorities apparently targeted the Phish concert supporters due to the reputation of the band as being drug-friendly. This reputation stems from prior drug busts of Phish fans throughout the country. In other states, similar drug crime allegations have led to charges.

As a result of the busts, the individuals who were implicated received either summons to appear in court, or were arrested on the spot. It has been reported that drugs that were confiscated at the Phish concert included LSD, hallucinogenic mushrooms, ecstasy, prescriptions and marijuana. There are also allegations that some attendees attempted to sell drugs to undercover cops.

Even though the media is confidently portraying the New York "Phish Heads" in a negative light, it's important to remember that each person who was either given a summons or was arrested is considered innocent until proved guilty. This means he or she is to receive a fair trial where all the evidence surrounding the drug crime case is considered. As each person's charge is individually investigated, more information than is currently available within the pages of the press will no doubt come to light.

Source: The New York Times, Phish Fans Encounter Crackdown at Garden, Eli M. Rosenberg and Michael Schwirtz, Dec. 31, 2013

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