Music festivals have seen a long history of being associated with drugs and drug use. In fact, it’s been a hot topic in Australia in recent years, with many various commentators discussing the advent of pill testing in Australia, with Canberra’s Spilt Milk Festival even planning to implement it at their festival. See, pill testing is something that could definitely come in handy, especially if punters are unlucky enough to obtain illicit substances from people like the bloke who was recently arrested at America’s Bonnaroo festival.
As Consequence Of Sound report, David Brady, a resident of New York, was arrested on Thursday, the first day of the four-day festival, after being found with large amounts of fake drugs. This year’s festival, headlined by the likes of U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, and Lorde, sees close to 80,000 punters attend the marathon event. Of course, like most festivals, drug use is not uncommon at Bonnaroo, however officers are in high attendance to prevent concertgoers like David Brady from distributing these substances.
Brady was arrested after allegedly being found in possession of “37 pills made to look as if they were molly, 22 bags of fake mushrooms, approximately 1,000 hits of fake acid, 20 bags made to look like cocaine, and an incense stick made to look like black tar heroin.”
Brady was reported to have told officers that he was “doing God’s work by selling fake drugs.” Regardless, his religious defence didn’t hold up, and he was charged with two counts of counterfeit controlled substances. He is set to be extradited to the neighbouring state of Arkansas, where is wanted on an unrelated matter.
While we haven’t seen anything of this magnitude at Aussie festivals recently, we can only hope that the advent of pill testing could help to put an end to any dangers that punters may befall due to counterfeit substances.