CHILLICOTHE — Officers made 11 felony drug arrests at the Summer Camp music festival over the holiday weekend.
Agents with the Multi-County Narcotics Enforcement Group also seized about $5,500 in currency and amounts of cannabis, cocaine, Ecstasy, ketamine, LSD and psilocybin mushrooms at the festival, according to a news release from PMEG director Dave Briggs.
Of those 11 arrests, Briggs said, nine of them were due to "hand to hand buys," which is up from last year when the covert drug group nabbed four people due to hand to hand sales.
The festival known for its music is also known for PMEG officers on the grounds, as well as other police agencies conducting stops and searches near the outskirts of the hoopla.
Chillicothe police Chief Scott Mettille said his department arrested 21 people for all types of offenses, including warrants, drugs, battery and other things. He said the festival proceeded about as normally as it could have. That's down from 29 people arrested last year.
"Well, they are either getting the message or getting smarter. I think a difference is being made. We had less medical calls this year. We were still busy, but it was not as discombobulated with people," he said.
Briggs said one possible reason for the increase in the hand to hand sales was that his agents weren't spending as much time processing people who were arrested at the gate. His goal, he said, isn't to stop people from having fun but to find and arrest those people who are trying to sell hard narcotics.