Widespread arrests in Orange Beach
Posted by Guy Busby, Staff Reporter @al.com
Nearly 150 arrests were made in connection with the the jam band Widespread Panic's concert last weekend in Orange Beach -- many of them drug-related charges, police said.
Undercover and uniformed police patrolled the parking lot and amphitheater of The Wharf during the three-day event in Orange Beach, arresting suspects on a total of 147 charges ranging from underage drinking to felony drug possession, officials said today.
The band played Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the venue on Alabama 180. About 23,000 people attended total, said Peter Bryan, general manager of The Wharf amphitheater.
Nearly 25 officers from Orange Beach, Foley, the Baldwin County Drug Task Force and Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board worked the concert in conjunction with security at The Wharf, Assistant Police Chief Greg Duck said. Duck said few disturbances were reported.
"It was more like a Woodstock crowd, peace and love," he said.
He said officers made 10 arrests for possession of hallucinogens, including LSD and mushrooms. Some hallucinogenic mushrooms were coated in chocolate.
"They looked like Reese's Cups, seriously," Duck said.