Firefly festival keeps police busy over weekend

DOVER — Criminal acts, including a misdemeanor streaking incident, accompanied the good vibes at last week’s three-day Firefly Music Festival.

More than 130 reports of cell phone thefts and other thefts from campsites and The Woodlands area were reported, along with two stolen vehicles — a golf cart and an unlocked car with the keys left in it, Dover Police said.

Additionally, law enforcement responded to several calls for disorderly/unruly persons which were largely handled without arrests, according to Dover Police spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman. An unknown number of medical assists were provided.

The Associated Press reported that an intoxicated man stripped naked, streaked through the venue and knocked over sound gear last Saturday. The 21-year-old festival attendee from Odessa knocked around some DJ equipment at the Bud Light Dive Bar tent while in the nude, authorities said.

A criminal mischief charge was entered and the defendant was taken to a medical tent due to his intoxication levels, the AP reported.

Major drug arrests
Police detailed what was described as significant drugs arrests including:

• Dalton Hillard, 18, of Felton, was arrested on the afternoon of June after allegedly selling THC cartridges twice to undercover officers. Authorities said that 30 cartridges were involved.

During Mr. Hillard’s arrest, police said, he was allegedly found in possession of another 20 cartridges and 5.6 grams of THC “butter.”

Dalton Hillard

Charges included delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver marijuana (two counts) and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Hillard was released on an unsecured bond.

• Jeffrey Arrington, 35, of Charleston, South Carolina, was arrested last Friday afternoon after allegedly selling LSD to undercover officers, police said. He was supposedly found with another 95 doses of LSD and $240 in possible drug proceeds.

Charges included delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, possession of LSD and drug paraphernalia. Mr. Arrington was released on an own recognizance bond.

• Darius Johnson, 30, of Raleigh, North Carolina was arrested on Saturday afternoon after allegedly selling LSD to undercover officers, police said. According to authorities Mr. Johnson fled on foot when officers tried to apprehend him and was quickly taken into custody. He was allegedly found in possession of an additional 98 doses of LSD and 2 doses of ecstasy.

Charges included possession with intent to deliver LSD, delivery of LSD (two counts), tampering with evidence, resisting arrest and drug paraphernalia, police said. Mr. Johnson was released on an own recognizance bond.

Alcohol-related citations
As Firefly proceeded at least 23 citations for illegal underage entry into a liquor store were issued to those under 21 years old, with fines up to $155 resulting. Besides the initial $50 fine, court costs and a victim’s compensation fee was also added.

Three underage possession/consumption offenses were cited, four possessions of fictitious identification, two possessions of marijuana and a provide alcohol to underage person counts were filed. There were 13 fake identification cards seized, including those during arrests.

“The number of cases was less than last year,” Delaware Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement spokesman Maj. Kevin L. Jones said, noting the particular dangers of inexperienced drinkers consuming alcohol in elevated temperatures, making abstention all the more vital to health concerns.

“We had twice as many last year but the crowd seemed smaller.”
DATE agents maintained a presence around area liquor stores and visited alcohol retailers inside the grounds to offer information. A Gator vehicle was operated throughout the festival for patrol operations.

Authorities have previously noted the particular dangers of inexperienced drinkers consuming alcohol in elevated temperatures, making abstaining all the more vital to health concerns.

“We certainly make compliance the ultimate goal and don’t want to go out and arrest a bunch of people,” Lt. Jones said.

Most of the citations — a nearly even split among females and males — were issued to out of state visitors from Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Indiana and Alabama. Two Wilmington residents were charged, along with one each from Dover and Lincoln.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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