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About 90 Arrests at Rave Beyond Wonderland Festival at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View

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About 90 people were arrested on suspicion of mainly drug-related crimes over two days of communal-style “rave” concerts in Mountain View that drew an estimated 50,000 people, a police sergeant said today. The arrests at the Beyond Wonderland festival on Saturday and Sunday at the Shoreline Amphitheater came amid more than 100 noise complaints to police from residents about loud music, police Sgt. Sean Thompson said.

Amplified sound from the outdoor concerts, likely from bass players with the performing rock music bands, drew complaints from people in Mountain View and nearby cities such as Palo Alto and Sunnyvale, Thompson said. While noise complaints are not out of the ordinary for Shoreline Amphitheater, the 90 people arrested was an unusually high number for the concert venue, Thompson said. Thompson attributed the volume of arrests to a no-tolerance policy by law enforcement for public drug use by concertgoers and because people frequently bring drugs, primarily marijuana, with them to rave festivals.

The local law agencies that assisted Mountain View police during the two-day affair included Los Altos and Palo Alto police, the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and the county’s Special Enforcement Team, Thompson said. Police estimated that about 25,000 people attended the music events during each of the two days, Thompson said. An exact number of people arrested will not be available until all of the arrest reports are completed and filed, Thompson said.

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