The 17th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester is only one of many fantastic music and cultural festivals in Tennessee that attract thousands of revelers from across the nation. While the festival is well worth the trip, some people end up having a negative experience. They end up arrested or cited for DUI, drug possession, assault or another crime.

This year, law enforcement groups patrolling the festival report arresting and cited at least 226 people — a drop from last year’s total. However, while citations were down significantly, arrests were up, according to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. This year there were 45 arrests at Bonnaroo, up from 42 last year. Most of them involved drugs and alcohol.

On closing Sunday, according to the Tennessean, Coffee County Sheriff’s deputies happened upon a rather large cache of festival drugs in a vehicle. Unfortunately for the vehicle’s owners, police say that a bag of marijuana was in plain sight in the vehicle, which prompted a search.

Inside the vehicle, deputies allegedly discovered 21 grams of marijuana in seven bags, some marijuana gummies and some marijuana wax, along with:

  • Half a gram of Molly (MDMA)
  • 2 ounces of ketamine in 56 bags
  • 10 ounces of mushrooms packed in 60 bags
  • Seven bottles of LSD
  • 1,100 hits of acid
  • 3 Xanax pills
  • 24 unidentified white pills
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Approximately $7,900 in cash

To out-of-state individuals were arrested on multiple drug charges. Their bail was set at $39,500 each.

When you come to Tennessee for Bonnaroo, for another festival, or just to have a good time, the last thing you need is a hassle. If you end up being arrested for drug possession, possession with intent to sell, DUI or another alcohol offense, assault, or any crime, you owe it to yourself to contact a quality local criminal defense attorney.

Depending on the charge, you may not have to come back to Tennessee to deal with it. Your attorney may be able to appear on your behalf.