ATLANTIC CITY — Last weekend's Phish concerts brought in big crowds — and more than a quarter-million in drugs this weekend.
Despite 64 arrests and six figures in seized drugs, Deputy Police Chief Ernest Jubilee said concertgoers were orderly for the most part.
"All things considered, I think the concert was good for the city," he said. "People come here to have a good time. We may not agree with the way they have a good time, but that's what it is."
Some people's idea of a good time included 70 tanks of nitrous oxide, more than 550 grams of marijuana, about 135 grams of mushrooms and more than 100 pills of various prescription narcotics, along with brownies, cookies and Rice Krispies treats laced with marijuana. Police also confiscated 21 cookies containing LSD.
Not all of the arrests were drug-related. John Lyons, 31, and Karyn Connors, 29, both of Ventnor, were arrested for scalping tickets, police said in a statement detailing the various charges.
Most of those arrested — a majority from out of state — were released on summonses and given court dates.
The most arrests came Saturday, when 33 people were taken into custody. That included six people who were taken in on drug-possession and resisting-arrest charges when police encountered a crowd of several hundred people at Florida Avenue and the Boardwalk after the Saturday show let out, Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.
Capt. Glenn Abrams, who heads the Special Investigations Unit, injured his hand during one arrest, as a man fought him.
Officer William Tracy's portable police radio was stolen while he was arresting another man. Trump Plaza security found the radio on the casino's property at about 7:30 the next morning and returned it to police.
Detective Thomas Holton was working an off-duty uniform detail at The Chelsea hotel at about 2:20 Sunday morning when he was sprayed with nitrous oxide by two men trying to take a tank full of the anaesthetic upstairs.
Knowing the popularity of Phish — and the drugs that often come with their shows — the department increased staffing last weekend, using both uniformed and undercover officers. Rosters from Friday, Saturday and Sunday show three times the amount of officers assigned to the Boardwalk than normal from 8 p.m. to midnight. Normally there are three to four officers assigned to the Boardwalk, but during that shift the rosters show 12 each night, with six to seven of those working overtime.
The midnight to 8 a.m. shift also was staffed with officers working overtime, Jubilee said.
"I was glad I was able to hire additional officers to supplement the normal patrol," he said. "I think that added to the way the weekend went."
Contact Lynda Cohen:
Breakdown of drugs seized
Nitrous oxide tanks: 70
Marijuana: 551.2 grams
Marijuana-laced brownies: 4
Marijuana-laced Rice Krispies treats: 16
Marijuana-laced cookies: 66
Psilocybin mushrooms: 134.9 grams
Ketamine: 22 doses
Ecstasy powder: 34.3 grams
Ecstasy pills: 60
Cocaine: 30.7 grams
Heroin: 2.2 grams
LSD: 395 hits
LSD-laced cookies: 21
Oxycodone: 26 pills
Oxycontin: 7 pills
Hydrocodone: 39 pills
Carisoprodol: 29 pills
Xanax: 14 pills
Diazepam: 8 pills
Alprazolam: 3 pills