A two-day operation surrounding Okeechobee Music Festival resulted in 99 drug-related arrests.
As part of a “highway interdiction operation,” the St. Lucie County Police arrested nearly 100 individuals for possession of hallucinogenic mushrooms, marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, synethic marijuana, LSD, hydrocodone and heroin.
“A lot of these drugs can result in death and our goal is to get these dangerous drugs away from many of these young adults,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
The Sheriff’s Office, investigators, Florida Highway Patrol and federal agencies all participated in the planned operation. Mascara mentioned that two-day operations usually yield about only 20 arrests.
Despite a bigger crowd, total arrests at Okeechobee Music and Artists Festival were down this year. “Everything seems to be going as smooth as we can get it,” said, Okeechobee County Sheriff Noel Stephen. “For this amount of people, it’s a pretty well-behaved crowd.” This year’s festival saw only an average of six arrests per day, compared to 20 last year. More information can be found here.