Crime

Rave at Phil Long Event Center: 19 arrests for booze, weed, meth, coke, ecstasy

This past Friday, a rave was scheduled at the Phil Long Event Center in Colorado Springs -- and the local police force was ready.

The cops were stationed nearby when the doors opened, and before the party wound down at 4 a.m., nineteen people had been arrested for a potpourri of drug and alcohol charges.

While most of those cuffed were underage, three were all growed up -- including one presumably glow-stick-loving 49-year old. Get more details in the Colorado Springs Police Department release below:

Incident Date: August 7, 2010

Time: 7:00:00 PM

Location: 1515 Auto Mall Loop

Summary: Since October 2009, The Phil Long Event Center has hosted four no age restricted "all night techno dance parties/raves." These raves have resulted in over 35 calls for Police and Fire. On August 7, 2010, another rave was scheduled at the event center. In anticipation of a high call load, Officers from various patrol divisions, staged in the area. At 7:40 pm, the event center opened for the all night rave and officers began monitoring the event. The event drew an estimated crowd between 600-1000 throughout the night, from a multi-state area. The event lasted until 4:00 am and officers made 19 misdemeanor arrests. Of those, three were liquor violations involving the underage service of alcohol to juveniles by the event center staff. Additionally, three felony arrests were made for the possession of methamphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA (ecstasy). Marijuana was also seized. The Police Department received several noise complaints from surrounding neighborhoods.

Fifty percent of the arrests that were made involved individuals that were not from the Colorado Springs area.

Adults Arrested: Ryan Alonso, age 22; Chris Martinez, age 31; Brian Chenes, age 49

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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