Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Issue 29, Volume 17.
The event, known as "Lightning in a Bottle" occurred at Lake Skinner between Friday, July 12th and Sunday, July 14th, attracted an estimated crowd of approximately 15,000 each day of the event. A contingent of Riverside County Sheriff's Department personnel provided security as well as took enforcement action against event participants engaged in illegal activity. Specifically, Riverside County Sheriff's Department personnel, in conjunction with members from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Alcohol and Beverage Control office, detected numerous participants engaged in criminal acts including activity associated with the intent to possess and sell illegal drugs.
Teams from the Sheriff's Department along with DEA, and ABC were able to solicit the sales of illegal drugs and immediately took those responsible into custody, seizing the illegal drugs involved. Several different categories and significant quantities of illegal drugs were seized as a result of the arrests made. The sales of these illegal drug types constitute crimes classified as felonies. The illegal drugs seized were as follows:
Cocaine, Ketamine, LSD, Marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy), Methamphetamine, PCP, Various prescription narcotics (without a doctor's prescription), and Psilocybin.