Atlantic City Phish shows bring 42 arrests for drugs, prostitution
Authorities arrested 42 people on drug and prostitution charges at three Phish shows in Atlantic City between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
The Burlington, Vt.-based jam band played three shows at Boardwalk Hall last week, drawing the attention of law-enforcement officials aware of the drug culture surrounding the band’s shows.
Cops recovered hash, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, marijuana, marijuana-laced baked goods, LSD, prescription pills, bath salts and 51 nitrous oxide tanks, NBC10 reports. Police also say they seized $11,800 of proceeds from illegal drug distribution.
Forty of 42 arrests were drug-related. Police say two teenage girls from Brooklyn, N.Y., were charged with prostitution.
Surveillance and undercover operations were carried out by the Atlantic City Police Department’s Special Investigations Section and other law-enforcement groups.