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Police detain almost 500 rave attendees

Over Halloween weekend, police in Southern California took almost 500 people into custody at two separate electronic music festivals. The incidents were part of a crackdown on drug use at raves. The crackdown began after two women died of drug overdoses at a rave that was held in August.

The HARD Summer rave at the Pomona Fairplex was the location of the two overdose deaths. When the HARD Day of the Dead festival was held at the same location, police took 310 people into custody for various drug charges. At the same time, police in San Bernardino detained 180 people who were attending the Escape: Psycho Circus rave.

According to reports, accused people at both of the events were handed charges for unlawful drug possession, public intoxication and trespassing. Almost 100 people at the Pomona rave received citations for using fake identification. About 90,000 people attended the two-day festival in San Bernardino, and around 20,000 people attended the Pomona festival on Oct. 31. It is unclear what types of drugs the accused people were allegedly found to be in possession of.

When police attempt to crack down on unlawful activities at a public event, innocent people could end up being falsely charged. An individual who was charged with drug possession after being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time may want to obtain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to identify flaws in the prosecution's case and present evidence that the defendant was not involved with drug activity.

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