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ALE agents reel in drug, alcohol offenders at Phish concert in Raleigh

Posted August 15, 2015

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— After complaints from concert-goers about open drug use and drunken patrons at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater, investigators with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement agency chose Friday's Phish concert to reel in some offenders.

Agent Josh Batten said his agency doesn't target any particular band or group of fans, but that complaints from Walnut Creek had been building for weeks.

Agents arrested 65 people, about half of them from out of state, and filed a total 115 charges. Most of the charges are misdemeanors, but 25 of them are felonies.

Batten said ALE made about 30 arrests Thursday at a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line.

Those Friday arrested were charged as follows:

Patrick Martin Tobin, 24, of Ruckersville, Va.

  • Sell and Deliver Marijuana, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance
  • Possess LSD, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess Hashish, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)


Scott James Miles, 24, of Charlottesville, Va.

  • Possess MDMA, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Possess LSD, a Schedule I Controlled Substance


David Gordon Johnson, 54, of Deland, Fla.

  • Possess Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Possess Marijuana, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Victor Rich Marlar, 37, of Asheville

  • Possess Psilocybin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess Marijuana Candies, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)


Megan Kathleen Floyd, 29, of Raleigh

  • Possess Psilocybin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Resist, Obstruct, or Delay a Law Enforcement Officer (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Mark Lloyd Olson, 45, of San Diego, Calif.

  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver Marijuana, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance
  • Resist, Obstruct, or Delay a Law Enforcement Officer (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Bradley Hamilton Corpening, 32, of Wilmington, NC

  • Possess Psilocybin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance


Matthew Ryan Beckelhimer, 33, of Wilmington, NC

  • Possess Psilocybin, a Schedule I Controlled Substance


Nicholas Daniel Beto, 25, of Lititz, Pa.

  • Possess LSD, a Schedule I Controlled Substance


Warren Joseph Rolison, 34, of Fountain, NC

  • Possess LSD, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess MDMA, a Schedule I Controlled Substance


Joseph Peter Villari, 24, of Athens, Ga.

  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver MDMA, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess MDMA, a Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


David Wayne Bowers II, 30 of High Point, NC

  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver Counterfeit Controlled Substance
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Matthew Alan McLamb, 42, Clayton, NC

  • Possess Marijuana, a Schedule VI Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)


Marcus H. Beto, 31, of Lititz, Pa.

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Mark William Case, 49, of Santa Cruz, Calif.

  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver Counterfeit Controlled a Substance


Tyler Keith White, 34, of Columbia, SC

  • Possess With Intent to Sell and Deliver Cocaine, a Schedule II Controlled Substance
  • Maintaining a Vehicle for the Purpose of Possessing Cocaine


Justin Alan Johnson, 20, of Etna, Ohio

  • Underage Possession of a Malt Beverage (Misdemeanor)


Ernest C. Megazzini II, 55, of Alpharetta, Ga.

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Hannah Rose Pruett, 25, of Knightdale, NC

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Samuel Keith McClure, 33, of San Diego, Calif.

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Jonathan William Edwards, 30, of Raleigh

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Catherine Elena Komarow, 22, of McLean, Va.

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Garry William Hardwicke, 56, of Atlanta, Ga.

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Kyle Phillips Hall, 20, of Flat Rock, NC

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Corey R. Charness, 22, of Cranston, RI

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Connor Alan Brown, 22, of Cary

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Marc Ethan Hasell, 22, of Cary

  • Possess Drug Paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Hubert Andrew Huffstetler, 29, of Asheville

  • Sell Alcoholic Beverages Without ABC Permits (Misdemeanor)


Dianna Mazziotto, 38, of Asheboro

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Joseph Andrew Leto, 31, of Deerfield Beach, Fla.

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Joshua Fitzgerald, 38, of Mineral, Va.

  • Sell Alcoholic Beverages Without ABC Permits (Misdemeanor)


Kevin Alexander Baringer, 28, of Knightdale, NC

  • Possess Marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Willis Maxwell Tew, 24, of Pinehurst, NC

  • Sell a Mixed Beverage to an Underage Person (Misdemeanor)


Katherine Kehoe, 20, of Apex

  • Underage Possession of a Malt Beverage (Misdemeanor)


Joseph Allen Okabuena, 22, of Raeford

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Kimberly Ann Murphy, 24, of Gaston, SC

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


John Ekinci, 29, of Salem, Va.

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Mark William Case, 49, of Santa Cruz, Calf.

  • Possess with intent to sell a counterfeit controlled substance (bath salts)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Roger William Gray, 35, of Raleigh

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Nicholas Daniel Beto, 25, of Lititz, Pa.

  • Possess Schedule II Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Schedule IV (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Austin Hunter Brown, 21, of Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Aid and abet underage (Misdemeanor)


Timothy Ryan Acheson, 36, of Denver, Colo.

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Christopher Mullins, 36, of Rocherster, NY

  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)


Dylan Alexander English, 22, of Morongo Valley, Calif.

  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)


Thomas Curtis, 48, of Bena, Va.

  • Give malt beverage to underage (Misdemeanor)


Alyssa Caroline Richter, 19, of Crestwood, Ky.

  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess a malt beverage underage (Misdemeanor)


Stephen Walter Pakral, 29, of Denver, Colo.

  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)


Joshua Thomas Harris, 31, of Fairfield, Ohio

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Matthew Robert Luty, 40, of Durham

  • Sell alcoholic beverages without a permit (Misdemeanor)


Benjamin Lee Wilson, 28, of Lexington, NC

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Mason Riley Brown, 17, of Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Possess malt beverage underage (Misdemeanor)


Matthew Ryan Beckelwimer, 33, of Wilmington, NC

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Marcus Obrian Hill, 38, of Raleigh

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


John Joseph Jarrell, 38, of Asheboro

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)

Michael Joseph Gardner, 53, of Durham

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Justin Gregory Rawlings, 38, of Charlotte

  • Possess for sale alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)
  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)


Johathan Stivers Bowling, 43, of Greenville, NC

  • Possess for sale alcoholic beverages without a permit (Misdemeanor)
  • Sell alcoholic beverages without a permit (Misdemeanor)


Charles Horvath, 20, of Charlotte

  • Possess a malt beverage underage (Misdemeanor)


Joseph Legoullon, 35, of Raleigh

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)


Dustin Stern, 36, of Moundsville, W.Va.

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Derek Smith, 25, of La Grange, NC

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Schedule IV Controlled Substance (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Jessie Lowder, 23, of Greensboro, NC

  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)


Michaelle L Mcreed, 42, of Southbridge, Mass.

  • Possess for sale alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)
  • Sell alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)


Bradley Hamilton Corpening, 31, of Wilmington, NC

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana in a detention center


Jonathan David Leeds, 25, of Durham

  • Possess Schedule I Controlled Substance (LSD)


Kristofer Richard Barringer, 33, of Knightdale, NC

  • Possess drug paraphernalia (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess marijuana (Misdemeanor)
  • Possess Schedule I Controlled Substance
  • Possess for sale alcoholic beverages without permit (Misdemeanor)

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  • Donald Holder Aug 17, 2015
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    These were ALE agents (Alcohol Law Enforcement), they aren't the ones who go after gang members and people with guns.

  • Melissa Noderer Aug 16, 2015
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    While it may seem punitive to arrest someone for weed and other drugs, there would be a lot of yelling and screaming if there was a serious (or fatal) car accident following the concert, if the driver was driving under the influence.
    Good gosh folks--memories are short. I recall a recent fatality where the driver had both alcohol and pot in his system.
    Where do you draw the line? When is enough, enough?

  • Kathy Bundy Aug 16, 2015
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    Like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • Matthew McGinley Aug 16, 2015
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    I can only wish that this was a joke. Unbelievable that this is the crime being fought in NC yesterday. The people in charge at the ALE should be investigated for this. Providing young people with criminal records for going to a concert and smoking pot. That was what 99% of this operation was. We have a long way to go in NC!

  • Mg Daniel Aug 16, 2015
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    This was a complete waste of our tax dollars and man hours. What a petty operation that resulted in a long list of petty offenses that are only going to ruin the lives of those arrested. I agree those who were carrying and selling a large amount of drugs should have been arrested, but the others should have had their pot taken away and let go with a warning. Now they have a record and getting employed will be difficult--at best--in the future. All over a little pot and someone wanting headlines. Way to go ALE.

  • Richard Mackey Aug 16, 2015
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    way to waste tax dollars! OF COURSE there are drugs at a Phish concert. At most concerts I might add, country, rock you name it.....

  • Dan May Aug 16, 2015
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    I can see trying to cut down on drunken rowdy behavior if even attendees were complaining. But, this seems kind of a waste of resources to make relatively minor and useless arrests. A bunch of hippie wanna be's with pot and mushrooms? Would the resources have been better deployed in Durham or bad parts of Raleigh to take down gang members and crack dealers who are armed and killing people? How many Phish fans are armed and doing drive-by's on the way home?

  • Eric Bohlen Aug 16, 2015
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    Hippies abhor guns

  • Robert Batrado Aug 15, 2015
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    Agreed, but with a reasonable compromise: decriminalize drugs, but criminalize jam bands.

  • Robert Batrado Aug 15, 2015
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    The only heinous crime at a Phish show is the one committed against music.

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