200 Arrested At Widespread Panic Concerts

About 200 people were arrested on drug charges during a three-night undercover crackdown at a weekend series of Widespread Panic concerts in which one person died of an apparent overdose. About half t

About 200 people were arrested on drug charges during a three-night undercover crackdown at a weekend series of Widespread Panic concerts in which one person died of an apparent overdose. About half the arrests at the band's outdoor shows in Pelham, Ala., were felony drug cases. The rest involved misdemeanor drug and underage drinking charges.

The crackdown, dubbed Operation Don't Panic, was conducted Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights (April 26-28) at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre by agents of the state alcoholic beverage control board and Pelham police. Some 30,000 fans attended the group's sold-out concerts at the venue, located south of Birmingham.

Pelham police Capt. E.A. Thomas Jr. said Erica Robins Young, 29, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died of an apparent overdose of the drug Ecstasy that had been purchased for $20. The Birmingham News, which reported the death today, said Young collapsed about 10 p.m. Saturday, with people continuing to dance around her before she was dragged from the stands and given cardiopulmonary resuscitation. She died about an hour later.


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