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State Police: 21 arrested at Stephentown music festival

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STEPHENTOWN, NY (WRGB) State police say this year and last, they conducted operations at the annual Disc Jam festival that takes place at a private farm in Stephentown. They say jut like last year, they recovered a shocking amount of narcotics.

"These drugs are deadly."

Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove says a joint effort between his office, the sheriff's department and state police brought in lots of drugs, and a number of people selling them.

"As a result of the operation, 21 individuals were arrested, charges ranging from misdemeanor to felony drug charges," Lt. Chris Gilroy said.

Officials seized more than $15,000 associated with the drug sales.

"Cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, doses of LSD, Ketamine, MDMA, MDA, DMT, and concentrated cannabis."

Officials say they did this operation because they're aware of the drugs that appear at this festival - and they say it's not just innocent fun.

"You can see some of these drugs are in the form of candy and you have little kids there, when these individuals leave the festival and they've taken these substances and they're driving it puts everyone on the roads at risk," Abelove said.

Police confirm a man did die at this year's Disc Jam - police say it's being investigated as a potential overdose.

Stephentown Town Supervisor Larry Eckhardt says he's happy police were there to do their job.

"Dont come to Stephentown if you're going to do drugs or sell drugs, just don't come," he said to CBS6 over the phone.

Officials say the majority of those arrested are not from the local area - but they say more charges are expected - and potentially more arrests.

"We're not trying to prevent people from having a good time, but we're absolutely focused on people not selling these drugs."

CBS6 did reach out to the organizers of the Disc Jam festival but they did not return our messages. Police say there are no charges against the farm owners.

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Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Cooper J. Tunnard, 24, Mount Laurel, NJ

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

James H. MacDonald, 23, Newton, CT

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree (2 counts)

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

Sydney A. Hagerman, 20, Hopkinton, MA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Erik V. Bollhardt, 39, Jarrettsville, MD

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Jonathan V. Oquendo-Cruz, 25, Waterbury, CT

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree Intent to sell

Dylan J. Ekert, 22, Bristol, CT

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Charles G. Hildreth, 26, Hollis, NH

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Jaime L. Campbell, 25, Hollis, NH

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Ryan C. Hoynacki, 26, Woburn, MA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Keith A. Newman, 23, Grant Pass, OR

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 2nd degree

John S. Whitney Jr, 45, Lansdowne, PA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Dwayne V. Diaz, 41, Somers Point, NJ

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

John R. Bullard III, 28, Malvern, PA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Brian M. Fitzgerald, 34, Shillington, PA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

William C. Davis II, 25, Woodlynne, NJ

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd (2 Counts) degree

Tyler K. Fisher, 19, Westmont, NJ

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Jessica A. Barner, 32, Jersey Shore, PA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd degree

Andrew W. Gehringer, 32, New Hartford, NY

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree

Megan K. Kotzen, 22, Cherry Hill, NJ

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Scott H. Brodsky, 38, Charlestown, MA

Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th degree

Criminal Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree

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