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Seven arrested, $15,000 seized at relatively tame moe.down

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TURIN — Police agencies netted seven felony drug arrests and nearly $15,000 in seized cash at last weekend’s moe.down music festival.

However, the 13th annual event, which returned to the Snow Ridge Ski Resort after two years in Herkimer County, was a relatively positive one for law enforcement, according to Senior Investigator John M. Pignone of the state police’s Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

“It was one of the best-run moe.downs I’ve seen over the years,” Mr. Pignone said.

Security officers at the three-day concert were vigilant about trying to keep weapons and drugs off the grounds and, unlike in past years, there was no evidence of nitrous oxide balloons, he said.

Mr. Pignone also said that he saw little evidence of synthetic drugs and that all concertgoers he spoke with said they were opposed to their use.

He estimated attendance at roughly half the 6,000 to 7,000 people the event attracted during its last few years at Snow Ridge, although the prior events were always held on Labor Day weekend.

Organizers of moe.down in 2010 moved the annual event to Gelston Castle Estate in Mohawk, Herkimer County. Snow Ridge in August 2010 hosted a replacement music festival, but only 1,000 concertgoers showed up.

In its last moe.down here over Labor Day weekend 2009, 11 people were arrested on drug charges, down from the high-water mark of 21 arrests in 2008.

While arrests were down, the roughly $15,000 was the second-most cash seized at a moe.down, Mr. Pignone said.

Those arrested were:

nPhilip J. Wren, 22, Shinhopple, Delaware County, charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine and hallucinogenic mushrooms. He is being held at Lewis County jail, Lowville, on $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

nAurora E. Mosher, 22, of 46731 Carnegie Bay Road, Alexandria Bay, and Adam L. Wood, 29, of 37 Butler Ave., Massena, charged with third- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana stemming from a traffic stop on Route 26 in the town of Turin during which ecstasy allegedly was found. Ms. Mosher also was charged with failure to keep right. Both were released on bail.

nBenjamin R. Gallo, 36, Ava, charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, speeding and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle following a traffic stop on Route 26 in the town of Turin. Police said they found ketamine, ecstasy and hashish in his vehicle. He was released on bail.

nDaniel P. Nentwick, 22, of 17 Powers Ave., Lacona, charged with two counts of fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling hallucinogenic mushrooms. He is being held on $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

nRyan M. DeCurtis, 26, Coventry, R.I., charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and one count of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine. He is being held on $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond.

nThomas A. Cardente, 24, Warwick, R.I., charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for allegedly selling OxyContin. He is being held on $50,000 bail or $100,000 bond.

Several other lesser drug charges, including a number of marijuana possession violations, were issued to concertgoers, Mr. Pignone said.

The moe.down enforcement detail was a joint effort of state police and the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department.

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