• Deputies seize 2,000 ecstasy pills, file 80+ criminal charges at 2018 Paradiso Festival

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    GEORGE, Wash. - The Grant County Sheriff's Office released arrest numbers Friday from the 2018 Paradiso Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre.

    Paradiso is an annual electric arts music festival that began at the Gorge in 2012. This year, 20,000+ people attended the two-day festival on June 15 and June 16. 

    According to the Grant County Sheriff's Office, 30 suspected drug dealers were arrested, and over 80 charges were filed.

    In addition to the arrests, deputies said they seized cocaine, LSD, ketamine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and 2,000 pills of the drug "Molly."

    Molly is often described as "pure ecstasy," but Dr. Alexand Garrard with the Washington Poison Center told KIRO 7 in 2014, that in realtiy it's never a consistent mixture from batch to batch. 

    "I describe this drug use as playing chemical Russian roulette. When you think about it, it's just a matter of time before you have a bad outcome,” said Garrard.

    The Grant County Sheriff's Department teamed up with Quincy Police, the Washington State Patrol, Adams County Sheriff, U.S. Customers and Border Protection, the LEAD Task Force, and Live Nation. 

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