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Some Phish Fans on the Hook for Drug Possession, Disorderly Conduct

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The band Phish continues its run of four shows at Madison Square Garden leading up to New Year's Eve, and fans are keeping police busy. NY1's Magee Hickey filed the following report.

At the second of four sold out Phish concerts Sunday, the NYPD set up a catch and release tent on the south side of the Garden.

Uniformed and plainclothes cops nabbed self-described Phish heads allegedly for marijuana or open containers of beer, handcuffed them, issued summonses and then released them back into the crowd.

"I got stopped for having a marijuana treat. They treated me really well. They're fine. Really nice about it. I'm from out of state so...," said one Phish fan.

One lawyer who didn't want his face on TV was picked up for marijuana possession.

"Just walking in the gates," he said. "Someone happened to see something."

At Saturday night's concert there were 38 arrests and 85 summonses written, some for drugs more serious than marijuana.

"Molly is a very scary drug and a lot of people here do it that are Phish fans. But there's fans that can only drink a lot of alcohol," said one Phish fan.

One couple had been to 77 Phish concerts. Drug arrests are nothing new, they say.

"It comes with the territory. There are folks that do things," said one Phish fan.

"What's important is that we look out for one another. Because people are doing drugs everywhere. People are being arrested for drugs everywhere, and hurting themselves, hurting other people. But people sticking together, helping each other out is what's important," said another Phish fan.

At least one of those arrested for THC infused chocolate had learned a lesson and offered some advice: "Don't buy weed treats in New York City."

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