High Number of Arrests Made During Phish Concerts in New York City
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 01.02.2014
Phish fans don’t mind lighting up at MSG…
THR reports that hundreds of fans in attendance at a Phish concert at the Madison Square Garden were arrested after the band's first three concerts leading up to the New Year's Eve celebration.
238 total arrests were reported after the concerts. Phish fans are said to be common targets when the band performs in arenas and amphitheaters. The arrests are reportedly mainly due to drug possession and sales for marijuana and "molly" (Ecstasy).
Attendees were said to have lit up in the arena when the lights went down at 8:35PM. Possession of 25 grams of marijuana is decriminalized in New York. However, when people smoke in "public view," or marijuana smoke can be smelled or seen, it qualifies as an arrestable offense.
The band has not yet made a statement for the high number of arrests. One arrest was made for a reported possession of 424 capsules of MDMA, 71 strips of LSD and 14 bags of mushrooms.