Police arrested six people at Shoreline Amphitheatre last week during back-to-back Dead and Company concerts, all of them on suspicion of selling drugs outside the venue.
The six suspects were arrested in five separate incidents in the afternoon on July 2 and July 3, either during or before the concert events starring Dead and Company. The band includes three members of the Grateful Dead along with singer-songwriter John Mayer, and performs songs that draw from the Grateful Dead's vast catalog of music.
All six suspects are from outside of the area, residing in cities as close as Modesto and as far as Germantown, Ohio, and were allegedly caught selling either LSD, cocaine or psilocybin (hallucinogenic mushrooms), according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
The first arrest took place on July 2 around 2:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old Modesto resident was allegedly caught selling LSD and mushrooms prior to the first concert. Later that afternoon, a 44-year-old resident from Salida in Stanislaus County and a 46-year-old resident from Modesto were arrested after officers allegedly caught them selling cocaine during the concert. All three were charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, Nelson said.
The next day, three people were arrested for allegedly selling LSD tablets outside the venue. A 32-year-old Ohio resident, a 28-year-old Lodi resident and a 23-year-old resident from Washington, California were all arrested in the afternoon during or prior to the July 3 concert performance, and all facing charges for the reported illicit drug sales.
The incidents all took place in parking lots surrounding the venue, which theoretically serves as an easy place to meet potential buyers traveling to and from Shoreline Amphitheatre, Nelson said.
The string of arrests is remarkably similar to last year, when police arrested eight people on drug- and alcohol-related charges during back-to-back concerts by Dead and Company at Shoreline. Aside from the six arrested for drug sales last week, one person was also arrested for public intoxication on July 3.
During concerts, the Mountain View Police Department typically focuses its enforcement efforts on preventing drug sales, particularly if concert-goers take advantage of the large crowds to sell narcotics in the presence of children.