Ultra Remains Downtown as Arrest Numbers Show Molly Is Popular
After weeks of posturing by Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and a bizarre commission meeting — surely the first in history that included video of a woman humping a tree — the votes are in. And by a 4-1 margin, Ultra Music Festival will return to Bayfront Park next year.
The vote came just two days after Miami Police finally released arrest numbers for the EDM fest to Riptide. Overall, the numbers show that concerns about rampant crime are probably overblown — but also confirm that MDMA is not in short supply.
According to the T-shirts on display at Ultra this year, many concertgoers were looking for someone named "molly." Apparently, it wasn't very difficult to find her.
MPD arrested 20 people at the music festival for selling or possessing MDMA, commonly known as molly. They also caught a dozen gatecrashers, although none appears to be connected to the trampling of security guard Erica Mack — the event that triggered Sarnoff and Regalado's opposition to the festival's return.
In all, cops made 84 arrests during the three-day event, ejecting eight from downtown's Bayfront Park. That's roughly in line with tallies from past years and, as usual, not a huge number considering the size of the crowds at the massive EDM party.
Of the 54 misdemeanor arrests, 17 were for selling (legal items) without a license, 12 were for trespassing (gatecrashing), ten were for disorderly conduct or intoxication, and eight were for pot possession.
Of the 30 felonies, two-thirds were for MDMA. Eighteen people were arrested for possessing the drug, and two were caught selling it.
Despite some viral Twitter photos to the contrary, snorting cocaine at Ultra is apparently clichéd: Only one person was busted for blow this year.
Whether because of drugs or dance injuries, at least 65 Ultra-goers were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital. That number of trauma cases is roughly in line with previous years, around 20 per day, according to a JMH spokesman.
Seven people were in bad enough shape to be admitted to JMH. Five of those cases were for drug or alcohol overdoses, and three of the ODs were so life-threatening that the patients had to be intubated.
One of the other two people admitted was Mack, the 28-year-old security guard trampled by gatecrashers on Ultra's opening night. She has since been released from the hospital but could not be reached for comment about her recovery.
Thankfully, no concertgoers died at Jackson this year. But 21-year-old Ultra attendee Adonis Escoto died several hours after attending the festival. The cause of his death has not yet been determined.
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