Tuesday, 25 June 2024

REGIONAL: Several arrests made during Stilldream concert

LAYTONVILLE – Authorities made several drug-related arrests on Friday during a Laytonville concert.


Those arrested in connection to the “Stilldream” event included Ted Muth, 18, of Santa Cruz; Jethro Lloyd, 38, of Humboldt County; TiaMaria Boxberger, a 28-year-old transient; and Jordan Irwin, 18, of Sacramento, according to a report from Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.

 

Smallcomb reported that on July 5 the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received information regarding the concert, which takes place at a location known as “Area 101,” approximately 10 miles north of Laytonville.


The event, according to Smallcomb, was a rave concert, where he said designer-type drugs, such as Ecstacy (MDMA), psilocybin mushrooms and LSD, or acid, are commonly found.


MDMA is a purely chemical substance which causes hallucinations. Smallcomb said other common street names for MDMA include “Molly,” “Ex” and “Thizz.”


MDMA causes an increased heart rate, severe dehydration, increased blood pressure and hallucinations. Several Northern California counties have reported numerous deaths associated with the use of Ecstacy, Smallcomb said.


When the original information was provided to the sheriff's office, Smallcomb said it was learned that workers at the event were known to sell and use drugs during the event. Approximately 700 people were attending the 10th annual concert.


Agents from the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force were assisted by agents from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control and performed an undercover investigation during the evening on Friday, Smallcomb said.


During the investigation, undercover agents purchased Ecstacy from Lloyd, a staff worker, and Boxberger, an attendee, Smallcomb said.


At the time of the purchase, Smallcomb said Boxberger offered the agent psilocybin mushrooms. During Lloyd's arrest, agents located 15 individual baggies of MDMA totaling an ounce. With MDMA having a street value of $100 a gram, Lloyd possessed $1,200 worth of the drug.


Free marijuana was given to the undercover agent by another staff worker, the 18-year-old Muth, who Smallcomb said was wearing a wrist band which identified him as being 21 years old. Muth stated that another staff worker, who knew he was only 18 years old, issued him the wrist band. Additional marijuana was found on Muth at the time of his arrest.


While agents were inside the dance area, another subject, Irwin, was extremely intoxicated and was staggering and was arrested for public intoxication, Smallcomb said.


The investigation into the promoters and staff workers will continue.


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