Eleven face drug counts after arrests at moe.down
TURIN — Eleven people were arrested on drug charges during the Labor Day weekend at the 10th annual moe.down concert, according to police.
That's down from last year's high-water mark of 21 arrests.
An investigator with the state police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, which worked with the Lewis County Sheriff's Department, said that festival security seemed tighter this year and that fewer people stayed around for Labor Day, when many arrests were made last year.
However, the event still resulted in the seizure of a variety of drugs and more than $4,000 in cash, according to police.
On Friday, police charged Nathan M. Herbert, 27, Williamson, with illegal sale of an imitation controlled substance for allegedly selling fake LSD in the parking lot. His wife, Melissa M., 21, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing heroin residue. They were arraigned in Turin Town Court and committed to Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $1,500 bail for Mr. Herbert and $1,000 bail for Mrs. Herbert. Police seized $1,796 in cash from the couple.
Kevin R. Bailey, 39, Coeymans, was charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling Ecstasy. He was jailed without bail.
Patrick Van Goethem, 25, Philadelphia, Pa., after being held by festival security, was charged by deputies with third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside the original container. Mr. Goethem allegedly was found with cocaine, Endocet, marijuana, hallucinogenic mushrooms, hashish and LSD. He was jailed on $20,000 bail.
On Saturday, George T. Verhagen, 17, Rochester, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance — hallucinogenic mushrooms — during a vehicle stop on Route 26 in the town of Turin. He was released on $1,000 bail.
On Sunday, Dale B. Fitzpatrick, 45, Strongville, Ohio, was charged by deputies with illegal sale or use of nitrous oxide, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and no seat belt following a traffic stop on Route 26. Mr. Fitzpatrick allegedly was found in possession of 18 nitrous oxide tanks. He was jailed on $1,250 bail.
Stephanie L. Welch, Gloversville, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of marijuana and fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Her husband, Steven D. Welch, also was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said they seized 25 grams of marijuana and small quantities of hallucinogenic mushrooms and Ecstasy. The pair was jailed, with bail set at $500 for Mrs. Welch and $2,000 for Mr. Welch.
William F. White III, 35, Cincinnati, Ohio, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling LSD, while his girlfriend, Hannah E. Gaut, 21, also of Cincinnati, was charged with DWI and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance during a Route 26 traffic stop. Mr. White was jailed without bail, while bail was set at $20,000 for Ms. Gaut. Police said they seized 135 Ecstasy pills, plus LSD, ketamine, marijuana, scales and $1,176 from the pair.
And, on Monday, Paul V. Dimaria, who turned 23 that day, of New Orleans, La., was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling Ecstasy. He was jailed on $20,000 bail.
A number of concertgoers also were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. Police said several also were arrested on drug-related charges while leaving the region on the Thruway.
By STEVE VIRKLER
TIMES STAFF WRITER
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2009
I was especially struck by someone being arrested for selling fake LSD