Weekend concerts result in dozens of overdoses, arrests

Dozens of drug arrests were made at a weekend music festival, and now the Ocean County prosecutor is angling to keep the show from returning

Dozens of drug arrests were made at a

Dozens of drug arrests were made at a weekend music festival, and now the Ocean County prosecutor is angling to keep the show from returning next summer. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

OCEAN COUNTY - Dozens of drug arrests were made at a weekend music festival, and now the Ocean County prosecutor is angling to keep the show from returning next summer.

Seaside Heights was host to the Electric Adventure Beach Weekend. More than 6,000 people came to the beach to listen to music by the surf. 

Police say 42 concert-goers left in handcuffs, mostly with charges for possession of Molly and heroin. Another 34 people left in ambulances after they overdosed.

A spokesman for the prosecutor, Al Della Fave, says Joseph Coronato is not happy. "He's questioning the value of the event at this point and having discussions with local officials in Seaside," Della Fave says.

The county was forced to bring in two dozen more police, including SWAT and K-9 units, to deal with crowd control during Electric Adventure.

None of the overdoses resulted in deaths, but parents like Eileen Desanto, who have allowed their teens to go to these festivals in the past, say they assume drugs will be present. 

"Hopefully, kids these days make the right decisions and don't do things like that," she says.

Prosecutor Coronato is reaching out to organizers of the Electric Adventure concert to reimburse the county for the cost of additional security at the event.  

Just 43 miles to the north at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, 105 people were arrested at the Wiz Khalifa concert Sunday night.

New Jersey state police say 65 were arrested for underage drinking, and 26 more for drug possession at the show in Monmouth County. 

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