Howard County Police arrested 24 individuals at two Phish concerts held at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 11 and 12.

All but three of the arrests were made on accounts of drug possession or distribution and three vehicles were seized in accordance with these apprehensions: a 2000 Chevrolet truck, a 2000 Saab and a Honda motorcycle. In addition to the vehicles, police also seized $2,000 in cash as evidence against the charges of drug distribution or possession with the intent to distribute.

Undercover narcotics and special-ops officers were in attendance, said Elizabeth Schroen, public information officer for Howard County Police. These additional forces were in place due to the heavy drug-use associated with previous Phish concerts in the area, she said.

Besides the actual possession and sale of drugs at Phish concerts, there are, "some increased issues that come along with…drug activity," including disorderly conduct, Schroen said.

Schroen said that she could not make an official guess as to why drug related issues are so much more prominent at Phish concerts, but that she thinks it might have something to do with the large amount of people from other parts of the country who travel following the band. Different bands draw different crowds, she said.

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