Phish fans lose $1.2 million in drugs

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HAMPTON, Va. -- Some Phish fans are leaving Hampton a little lighter than when they arrived for the band's weekend reunion.

Police said Monday they confiscated about $1.2 million in illegal drugs and more than $68,000 in cash from concertgoers. Authorities also arrested 194 fans during the celebration of the band's return to the stage after a nearly five-year hiatus.

Most of the arrests were for drug possession, use and distribution, police said.

Tourism officials estimated 75,000 fans would be coming to the coastal Virginia city. Nearly 200 law enforcement officers worked the event, with the Vermont-based band picking up the tab.

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