Camp Bisco results in drug arrests, 50 trips to hospital
MARIAVILLE Camp Bisco swirled out of Mariaville on Sunday, leaving in its wake its the usual assortment of drug arrests and medical emergencies throughout the Capital Region.
The three-day electronica festival at the Indian Lookout Country Club resulted in a combined 50 trips to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam and to Ellis Medicine in Schenectady between Thursday and Sunday. The conditions requiring medical attention ranged from cuts and fractures to drug overdoses, according to officials at both hospitals.
St. Mary’s saw 28 patients from the festival, with the most — nine — coming in on Saturday. Of these, spokeswoman Jerri Cortese said, only three patients were admitted to the hospital and she wasn’t sure whether any were still being treated Monday.
“We saw across the board varying degrees of overdoses on various kinds of drugs,” she said.
At Ellis, a total of 22 patients from Camp Bisco were seen between Thursday and Sunday. Spokesman Matt Van Pelt said four were admitted, including one who was transferred to the Albany Medical Center Hospital, a pair who were treated in the Ellis intensive care unit and one who was admitted into the surgical unit.
Van Pelt said conditions and medical problems of the patients were widely varying. But among those brought to the hospital, 11 were suffering either drug- or alcohol-related conditions.
So far, there have been no deaths associated with the festival. Last year, a fan from New Jersey who arrived at the campground two days before the festival began and was helping set it up died of a drug overdose in his tent.
Law enforcement agencies in a wide geographic area around the 200-acre campground continued to report arrests involving Camp Bisco fans, usually after routine traffic stops resulted in police finding illegal drugs.
In Montgomery County, sheriff’s deputies took a pair of Long Island residents into custody Sunday after one of them began acting erratically during a traffic stop on Route 30 in Florida.
Deputies said Christopher Michael Broems, 23, of Merrick, started throwing things around the vehicle after the stop. When the driver, Brittany Mischelle Mahler, 22, of Merrick, opened the door to let him out, deputies observed a controlled substance inside the vehicle.
Further search yielded a large quantity of MDMA — also known as “molly” — hallucinogenic mushrooms and marijuana; investigators also found a scale, empty medicinal capsules and a tool used to fill capsules during a search.
Both Broems and Mahler were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana; both were sent to the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
Undersheriff Jeff Smith said the arrests were among five he could trace back to Camp Bisco. He said all the arrests were drug-related.
“It was more than usual,” he said of the volumes of drugs his deputies found. “Especially the types of drugs — they were more serious.”
State troopers released details of a drug arrest they made at a road block on Route 30 prior to the festival in Florida. Investigators said Victoria Thayer, 21, of Syracuse appeared drowsy at the check and was subsequently charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.
A search of Thayer’s vehicle resulted in troopers finding marijuana and illegal fireworks. Both Thayer and passenger Damian Arney, 21, of Syracuse, were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of marijuana, and unlawful dealing with fireworks.
The road patrol for the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department made 18 drug-related arrests this year and handed out 108 uniform traffic tickets. Sheriff Dominic Dagostino said the numbers of tickets and arrests this year seemed about average.
“Our numbers are similar from last year,” he said.