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Drugs have been a fact of festival life since the hazy days of Woodstock, but a couple of entrepreneurs at Bonnaroo may have just taken that tradition a bit too far. According to a report by the Tennessean, law enforcement officers overseeing the Manchester, Tennessee, festival busted what a significant drug operation orchestrated by Chattanooga residents Brian Anthony Wiley, 29, and Trevor Franklin Watson III, 24. Both men have been arrested on multiple drug-related charges, confirmed Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott (sidenote: Lucky Knott is the most Tennessee name ever).
While the exact street value of the drugs is unknown, Knott said that the two suspects were caught dealing “a very large amount of drugs.” That’s pretty vague language, so let’s have Tennessean reporter Natalie Neysa Alund break it down:
Wiley was found to be in possession of 202 jars of THC oil, weighing about 15 milliliters; two bags of mushrooms, weighing about 7 grams each; three bags with about 60 panes of blotter acid; 241 bags of about 120.5 grams of what is believed to be Ketamine; 22 bags of a white powdery substance weighing about 144.5 grams of what is believed to be cocaine; six Xanax bars; and 220 bags weighing about 1,210 grams of a green plantlike material believed to be marijuana.
Watson was found to be in possession of six bottles containing 15 milliliters of THC oil; 10 bags of a green plantlike material weighing about 20 grams believed to be marijuana; two grams of a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine; four Molly capsules; 14 bags of a crystal substance weighing about 14 grams of a substance believed to be Molly; and 13 bags of a powdery substance weighing about 13 grams believed to be Ketamine.
In other words, god damn.
Wiley faces charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Watson didn’t get off any easier and is facing charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance. Deputies also found a bunch of cash believed to have been used in drug transactions at the festival, plus a ledger and a variety of drink cans with false containers.
It’s no secret that people like to get high at Bonnaroo, but this is some truly next-level shit. Stay safe out there, kids. Festival season is just gearing up.