Several drug arrests after Forecastle Festival in Louisville


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:58 PM

(WHAS11) - The Forecastle Music Festival brought more than 17,000 people from around the country downtown over the weekend. It was a record crowd for the 3-day event but it also attracted something not so desirable, Illegal drugs.

We're not just talking pot either. Police arrested suspects with some of the most potent drugs known to man on the Belvedere.

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Most of the alleged dealers and users were from out of town, here to participate in the Forecastle Festival.

By almost every measure, the festival was a success.

The 8th annual Forecastle Festival boasts a great mixture of music, activism and art.

"We've done incredible sales in 33 states and 4 countries right now. It's pretty amazing. This is just bigger and better. And I don't really think it's gonna stop growing, either," said JK McKnight, Forecastle Creator.

But one thing organizers would probably like to see decrease next year is the number of drug arrests.

16 people charged with felony narcotic violations and only two are from Louisville.

The rest come from Alabama, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee.

And, according to these police reports, they brought quite a few drugs with them for the shows.

Narratives describe concert goers huffing nitrous oxide from tanks near the Galt House, dosing on LSD laced sweet tarts and stickers, and there's hallucinogenic mushrooms, cocaine, heroin and plenty of ecstasy mentioned in the felony reports.

All this along with thousands of dollars in seized cash, scales, crack pipes and other paraphernalia.

"I seen a few people like smoking marijuana and stuff" said one Forecastle attendee.

"I think it's pretty awful you can't even celebrate anything without somebody ruining it."

Most of crowd apparently didn't notice the hard drugs.

But some festival goers felt like it was an unwelcomed intrusion, especially since children attended with their parents and Boy Scout troops were even hired to clean up.

"Cause there's kids, you know, just don't do it around the kids, you know. Do what you want in the privacy of your own home where there ain't kids around."

We tried to talk to festival organizers about the drug arrests, but they wouldn't agree to discuss the topic on camera.

Those arrested represented less than .10% of the number of guests organizers say attended.

But enough to keep police busy and land a more than a few Louisville visitors in jail Forecastle weekend.

WHAS11 tried to talk to police about the arrests, but the officer in charge of the detail Monday night was not available.