CHILLICOTHE —The Summer Camp music festival that has become as synonymous with drugs for locals as tunes for out-of-towners led to a backlog at the Peoria County Jail as campers rolled en masse up Illinois Route 29.
Several police agencies patrolled the main road to Three Sisters Park on Thursday, the day before the first of about 60 bands were scheduled to take the stages at the three-day festival.
The types of drugs seized after the search were as varied as the home states of those arrested for possession: marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, nitrous oxide and other unidentified pills, powders and paraphernalia from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
In all, 27 people were booked into the Peoria County Jail on felony drug charges by early Friday morning. Some but not all were formally charged and faced a judge in bonding court in the afternoon.
“We’re trying to process them as quick as we can,” said Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy.
Deputies brought at least one other festival goer to jail Thursday night and booked him on a charge of criminal trespass to land after he apparently mistakenly tried to enter a Chillicothe home. He told police he thought he was at his mother’s house in Madison, Wis.
To deal with the expected deluge of drug and other arrests from the festival, police and prosecutors will work together over the long weekend to process and charge those arrested.
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