12 Arrested for Selling Nitrous Oxide Outside Merriweather Phish Concert

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Phish (photo: Merriweather Post Pavilion)
Phish (photo: Merriweather Post Pavilion)

Phish shows always make news in themselves because of the devotion of their fans and ever-changing setlists. Last weekend, there was also some activity outside the jam band’s two-night stand at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, as police arrested a dozen people for selling “mind-altering” drugs. You’re surprised, we know.

Howard County police reported arresting 12 people outside the concert for selling nitrous oxide. The police also rounded up 32 nitrous oxide tanks, large amounts of cash and a pair of vehicles.

None of the listed suspects were from Maryland. Police believe they are “members of an organized group that is known to travel the East Coast distributing the drug at concerts.” Two suspects posted bail as of Tuesday afternoon, while the rest remained at the Howard County jail.

Police said they had patrols outside Merriweather designed to “suppress illegal drug activity.”



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