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Eight arrested at Shoreline Dead & Company concert

Two-night show kicks off Shoreline Amphitheatre's summer concert season in Mountain View

Police say they arrested eight people and cited one man over the course of back-to-back performances by Dead & Company at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Most of the arrests were for suspected drug sales.

All the arrests took place on Saturday, June 1. One man, a 24-year-old Carmel Valley resident, was cited the day before for possession of dried peyote, a psychedelic drug, which was confiscated by police.

Officers arrested a 30-year-old transient man at the concert venue around 12:40 p.m. after he was allegedly found in possession of 100 doses of LSD and nearly one gram of psilocybin, better known as hallucinogenic mushrooms. He was arrested on suspicion of selling a controlled substance, possession of psilocybin and possession of narcotics for sale.

A little over an hour later, officers arrested a second transient man, 35, after he was allegedly found in possession of LSD. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale as well as failing to register as a sex offender.

Around 3 p.m., officers arrested a 46-year-old woman from Boulder, Colorado, for possession of more than 10 grams of molly (MDMA). She was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale.

Around 4:50 p.m., a 59-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested on suspicion of selling a controlled substance after he allegedly traded LSD tablets for concert tickets, police said. Ten minutes later, a 19-year-old man from Temecula, California, was arrested for allegedly selling hallucinogenic mushrooms, and was also found to have an outstanding warrant out of Sacramento.

The final drug arrests came at 6:45 p.m., when officers patrolling the concert arrested a 33-year-old woman from Lincoln, California, and a 32-year-old man from Oroville, California. Police said both were found in possession of LSD and arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale.

The only arrest not related to the sale of drugs preceded the Saturday concert, at 12:20 a.m. Officers at the venue found a 43-year-old woman from Auburn, California, sitting in a golf cart used by Shoreline Amphitheatre staff who refused to get out. Police said the woman showed objective signs of intoxication and was arrested on suspicion of being being drunk in public.

All suspects were booked into Santa Clara County jail. Four of the arrestees, including the man who failed to register as a sex offender, remained in county jail as of Tuesday morning.

During concerts and festivals where drug use is commonplace, Mountain View police have prioritized enforcement efforts to curtail drug sales. While most concert attendees do not cause trouble, police say some bad actors use the large crowds as an opportunity to sell narcotics, even in the presence of children.

In past years, the department has arrested as many as nine people when Dead & Company performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Preventing the sale of psychedelic drugs, specifically LSD, is a top priority for enforcement, police said.

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7 people like this
Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 5, 2019 at 4:51 pm

Oakland decriminalizes psychedelic plants while MV Police hemorrhage our tax dollars arresting non-violent people supplying these valuable substances to peaceful consenting adult citizens. SAD!

Nowhere in the article is there even the slightest claim that any of the drugs in question caused any problems for anyone. The only person who MAYBE deserved arrest was the intoxicated woman, and her drug of choice is thought to have been alcohol (the hardest hard drug of them all).

(Not talking about the person who allegedly "failed to register as a sex offender," a claim for which the Voice didn't seem inclined to do even the most basic research or offer any supporting background.)


5 people like this
Posted by Who pays for MVPD services related to Shoreline Concerts?
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jun 5, 2019 at 4:55 pm

Who pays for MVPD services related to Shoreline Concerts? is a registered user.

Wow what a surprise, unruly behavior from fans at Shoreline Amphitheatre. Clearly not all fans are troublemakers, but lets face it, the lineup is not made up of 'A' list entertainers. How many arrests occur at Mountain Winery, at San Jose Jazz Summerfest and at other venues? It seems Shoreline, has the record, after nearly every event we have reports of arrests, drugs, drunken brawls. Sick of it, who pays for MVPD services? It's a downmarket venue, needs to be torn down.


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Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

There's another article today about how this concert was completely botched and a terrible experience for attendees, so much so that they are demanding refunds. So in summary, we're allowing concerts to be held that attract low-life drug dealing scum, that bring crime, terrible traffic, and noise pollution, that are so awful even the attendees hate them. What's the benefit to the city of Mountain View?

The Shoreline Amphitheatre has become a public nuisance and should be shut down.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 5, 2019 at 5:30 pm

40,000 people attended the concerts over two nights and ~only~ six were arrested? THAT is the real news.
"In past years, the department has arrested as many as nine people when Dead and Company performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre."
So 0.0225% of the people that attended were arrested. Wow, what a menace to society!!
How many are usually arrested at a rap show? A country show? Quit profiling and show some objectivity.
Just so you don't profile me, I have been a Mountain View homeowner for 26 years and did not attend the shows.


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Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on Jun 5, 2019 at 11:52 pm

Nobody is profiling anyone. The concert attracted many out-of-town drug dealers to Mountain View, five of whom were caught. This isn't a unique situation to the band that happened to be playing, it seems like almost every concert features reckless (sometimes murderous) behavior by out-of-town concert attendees. The solution isn't to ban the band, it's to close the Amphitheatre. There should be no "safe space" for drug dealers or drug abuse in Mountain View.

"Neighbor" - I'm surprised that you're okay with hosting these events, which are a magnet for drug dealers and illegal activity, if your own neighborhood.


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Posted by PeaceLove
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 6, 2019 at 3:03 pm

> Wow what a surprise, unruly behavior from fans at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

False. There was only one arrest for so-called "unruly" behavior and that was an allegedly drunk (on alcohol) woman. And that "preceded" the concert. It happened at 12:20 a.m.(?) according to the article.

All the others arrested were engaged in non-violent consensual behavior. If the police hadn't arrested them you would have no reason to know about them, or rail against them.

"Prohibition... goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes... A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.ā€¯ - Abraham Lincoln

JR: You seem to be under the impression that concerts in other venues are somehow free of drug sellers and users. Perhaps you'd like to close every major concert venue in the country?


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Posted by @JR
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm

Ha you do realize there are drug dealers in probably every MV and LA park. We tried to open a safe space for buying drugs but panicked people got that shut down. Don't worry, the teens will keep buying (or turning down offers) outside of established venues regardless.


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Posted by JR
a resident of another community
on Jun 6, 2019 at 7:41 pm

I'm not under the impression that concerts in other venues are somehow free of drug sellers and users. I am under the impression that concerts in other venues don't bring drugs, crime, and violence into my neighborhood.


3 people like this
Posted by Bruno
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 8, 2019 at 11:07 am

You hear that City Council? 5-7 people want to shut Shoreline Amphitheatre down. Better get right on that or we might offend their sensibilities!


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