It's no secret that people like to indulge in drugs at music festivals, it's simply a fact of the culture. It's also very difficult to stop people from partaking in the hedonistic lifestyle, and many are cautioned to do so in moderation. But if you're a dealer, a successful operation at a music festival can be like hitting the lottery, or it could also lead to many, many years in prison.
The latter might very well be the case for Chattanooga residents Brian Anthony Wiley, 29, and Trevor Franklin Watson III, 24. Both men recently got busted at Bonnaroo for orchestrating a massive illegal drug dealing operation. Coffee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lucky Knott has confirmed that both men have been arrested and are facing multiple drug-related charges.
Although it's difficult to put a specific value on the drugs that were seized, the numbers being reported are absolutely staggering. Tennessean reporter Natalie Neysa Alund gave a full recap of what exactly the two men had in their possession:
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.
Authorities also found cash that is suspected to have been used in drug transactions at the festival, a ledger and a number of drink cans with false containers.
Wiley faces charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance as well as possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. And although Watson was found with significantly less drugs, he faces charges of manufacturing, delivering, selling and possession of a controlled substance.
Knowing how much the two men got caught with, we can only imagine how much they sold at the festival.
[photo by Jason Anfinsen]