Ultra Music Festival Crime Tally: 167 Arrests, Mostly For Drugs and Gatecrashing

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When Ultra Music Festival announced plans to expand to a second weekend, Commissioner Marc Sarnoff predicted an onslaught of "urinating, defecating ... throwing up" kids on "mind-altering drugs" wreaking havoc. Well, Miami police have released their crime stats from the second week of Ultra and the actual results were something less than a Mad Max dystopia.

MPD arrested 86 people last weekend, bringing the two-week Ultra total to 167 arrests. Many were narcotics related, but gatecrashers were the biggest problem, Sgt. Freddie Cruz tells Riptide.

"By and large, it went smoothly," says Cruz, a department spokesman who also oversaw a bike unit patrolling Ultra.

Although police didn't have an exact breakdown of what festival-goers were arrested for, Cruz says the majority were either drug related or folks trying to sneak into the grounds.

"We had some minor narcotics sales and usage," he says. "But the biggest problem was just people trying to break in without paying."

Considering that an estimated 300,000-plus fans made it to Ultra over the two weeks of the festival, 167 arrests isn't a gigantic figure.

Either the additional $500,000 that Ultra eventually agreed to chip in to help patrol the two-week festival made a big difference, or Sarnoff's concerns over the festival's criminal impact were overblown all along.

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armorbear1
armorbear1

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RoscoeParrish
RoscoeParrish

The police didn't shoot anyone for no reason at Ultra either.  The stat juking going on here is enough to make Bill Rawls blush.  You arrest a bunch of black people at Memorial Day for shit you let slide at Ultra and volia!  You have meaningless stats.  Good try though. 

Ian Simon
Ian Simon

it's too bad most of that eurotrash and most of those doped out idiots didn't OD.

Noh.bodi
Noh.bodi

Compare that to memorial-day weekend in Miami.. Four times the people attending and less than half of the number of arrests that mdw had..

getreal
getreal

Uhmm......Did you see any of the other live acts??? The amphitheater was impossible to get through at some points...You answered your own question,Deadmau5 was playing at the same time after he took a break from ultra last year so anyone with half a brain knows where the crowd is going to be...I'm sure hot chip was jammin but blame whoever put them at that time slot. Boys Noize,Araab Muzik,Pretty Lights,Krewella,Snoop, Major Lazer, they all had that stage SLAMMED.

RoscoeParrish
RoscoeParrish

How much does the New Times receive from Ultra in ad money? 

Nina Anakar
Nina Anakar

Volkalize what do you think about drug arrests? These drugs are ALWAYS in this city. And word is that they were hardly checking for drugs at the entrance of Ultra. Nightclub bathrooms are also packed with girls doing drugs. So where did these 167 "drug arrests" come from? Are they just kids who talked back to the po po? Because there were definitely more than 167 kids/adults on drugs in Miami these past couple weeks.

Jimena Zeballos
Jimena Zeballos

Found the stats for last years memorial day weekend and the total of arrests was 373, just saying

fred
fred

I hear if you pay him off, he'll do whatever you want!

Nkidani Regnier
Nkidani Regnier

Sounds like more arrests than Memorial Day Weekend. I'm just saying

voltrade
voltrade

that's like half a day during memorial weekend

Aleric Constantin
Aleric Constantin

I was almost arrested for refusing to ride my bike on the side walk while gaggles of people were flocking to Ultra.

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