Nocturnal Wonderland is a lawless pit of drugs and crime!
A total of 428 people were arrested at last weekend’s Nocturnal Wonderland, according to official tallies released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. That’s an increase of more than 100 from last year, and boils down to approximately 1 out of every 60 attendees.
The three-day EDM festival, which started Friday and drew approximately 25,762, was held at San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, CA.
The mass of ravers were arrested on a broad range of charges, with drugs representing a substantial chunk of the total. That’s to be expected, though it’s unclear what prompted the sudden surge in arrests. Overall, the final tally represents a 30 percent increase over the previous year, and higher levels of enforcement may have prompted the sharp increase.
Of the 428 total arrests, these were among the most common reasons cited:
- drug possession
- drug sales
- assault and battery
- resisting arrest
- being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
A more detailed breakdown was not available. It’s also unclear how many people suffered drug overdoses, a growing problem for live concert giant Live Nation, though at least five attendees were taken to a local hospital. Nocturnal Wonderland is managed by Insomniac Events, which is majority-owned by Live Nation and also hosts other EDM events like Electric Daisy Carnival.
Live Nation has faced a number of lawsuits related to drug overdoses, particularly those involving underage attendees. That hasn’t slowed things down, with EDM indelibly connected with heavier drugs and seriously altered experiences. That said, medical teams reportedly work intently to remove overdosing attendees off the grounds immediately, to avoid a death happening inside the venue itself.
Other arrests were for indecent exposure, while violence resulted in blunt trauma for one attendee, according San Bernadino cops. One police officer was assaulted himself, but only suffered minor injuries and was released from hospital care.