All Good Festival sees numerous arrests


The All Good Music Festival wrapped up Sunday with no reports of property damage or violent crimes, but drugs were a different matter all together.

West Virginia State Police Captain Eric Widmeyer spoke to The Herald Mail Monday.

He said that in the area of the festival grounds the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crime Task Force arrested 31 people, charged them with 86 felony counts of drug distribution and seized more than $49,000 worth of illegal drugs during the three-day event.

He said troopers patrolling the roads in Jefferson County were busy as well, making 46 misdemeanor arrests for illegal drug possession and nine felony arrests for drug sales.

The death of James Snyder,26, from an apparent drug overdose stands out as the most serious incident.

Widmeyer said he would like to have many more uniformed troopers on hand should the festival return.

In a report to the Jefferson County Commission Monday, Widmeyer said state police had a $74,520 contract directly with festival promoter Walther Productions to cover the agency’s additional costs of providing police services, and used $64,845 of that amount.

Authorities estimate turnout for the festival peaked Saturday, with an estimated 15,000 on hand.


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