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Ultra Music Festival Arrests: 12 Caught Gatecrashing, 20 Busted for MDMA

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According to the T-shirts on display at Ultra this year, many concertgoers were looking for someone named "molly."

Apparently, it wasn't very difficult to find her. Miami Police arrested 20 people at the music festival for selling or possessing MDMA, commonly known as molly. That's according to a summary of arrests just released to Riptide by the Miami Police Department.

They also caught a dozen gatecrashers, although none appears to be connected to the trampling of security guard Erica Mack.

See also: 2013 Ultra Music Festival Death Caused by Bath Salts Overdose

In all, cops made 84 arrests during the three-day event, ejecting eight from downtown's Bayfront Park. (That's roughly in line with tallies from past years, and as usual, not a huge number considering the size of the crowds at the massive EDM party.)

Of the 54 misdemeanor arrests, 17 were for selling (legal items) without a license, 12 were for trespassing (gatecrashing), ten were for disorderly conduct or intoxication, and eight were for pot possession.

Of the 30 felonies, two-thirds were for MDMA. Eighteen people were arrested for possessing the drug, and two were caught selling it.

Despite some viral Twitter photos to the contrary, snorting cocaine at Ultra is apparently cliché: Only one person was busted for blow this year.

Whether because of drugs or dance injuries, at least 65 Ultra-goers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. That number of trauma cases is roughly in line with previous years, around 20 per day, according to a JMH spokesman.

Seven people were in bad enough shape to be admitted to JMH. Five of those cases were for drug or alcohol overdoses, and three of the ODs were so life-threatening that the patients had to be intubated.

See also: Ultra Music Festival: Female Security Guard Fights for Her Life After "Mob" Trampled Her

One of the other two people admitted was Mack, the 28-year-old security guard trampled by gatecrashers on Ultra's opening night. She has since been released from the hospital but could not be reached for comment about her recovery.

Thankfully, no concertgoers died at Jackson this year. But 21-year-old Ultra attendee Adonis Escoto was found dead in his car during the festival. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

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20 comments
Lynne Dear
Lynne Dear

Put this festival in a stadium.... contain it.

Helena Bonnet
Helena Bonnet

Where are the stats die Memorial Day weekend and Black Friday ?

WhyNotNow
WhyNotNow topcommenter

Can we get a rundown of arrests at Calle Ocho? (A one day event) and also Memorial Day weekend and how many drunk drivers were busted during boat show weekend. We really need more info to put this whole thing in perspective. Quite frankly, I think the ultra crowd is better behaved that all 3 aforementioned events.

Tu Madre
Tu Madre

84 whole arrests?!? Jeeeeez.

Geoff Alpert
Geoff Alpert

Carlos Spicy-Weiner dam right man blacks also

Warren Redlich
Warren Redlich

Did we win the drug war yet? Hmm ... Alcohol prohibition failed. How is this different?

Rossy Aleman
Rossy Aleman

How many were arrested shot and killed by cops on memorial weekend? Oooohhhhh lol

Phillip Morris
Phillip Morris

"One person in Miami was busted selling cocaine. That must mean that every single person who lives in South Florida uses it!" The logic I'm seeing from people who want to ban Ultra.

Walky Hernandez
Walky Hernandez

Really? I went to ultra 13 years in a row and only 84 arrest and only 20 for MDMA Is a joke

Danny Seigel
Danny Seigel

I'm glad to see this is evolving into a well thought out discussion of a revenue source our home town benefits from rather than utter idiocy...oh wait...

Luisy VWater
Luisy VWater

If they r not attacking people's face to eat its all good for me.they can die doing drugs. Just don't hurt others

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