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Police Closely Watch Controversial Rave At Arapahoe County Fairgrounds

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An image from the rave (credit: CBS)

An image from the rave (credit: CBS)

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Extra patrols were on hand in Arapahoe County Saturday night and Sunday morning to try to keep a crowd of at least 4,000 under control.

A popular rave called the “Electric Daisy Carnival” wrapped up early Sunday morning at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. It’s a day-into-night electronic music and dance festival.

The carnival has come under increased scrutiny after a 15-year-old girl who attended the event last summer in Los Angeles overdosed and died after using ecstasy.

Organizers of the carnival say they have a zero tolerance policy for illegal drug use and they’ve been cracking down. There was tight security including pat-downs with the intention of keeping drugs out, but veterans of the festival doubt security can completely stop drug smuggling.

The minimum age was raised this year to 18 years old. Last year 16-year-olds could get in.

“There are a lot of scary things that are here with drugs and everything and I don’t think that 16-year-olds should be able to attend,” Emily Davidson from Fort Collins said.

“I definitely think that 16-year-olds in this scene shouldn’t be here,” Will Reinhardt from Houston, Texas said. “It’s more of an adult scene.”

One person was arrested for possession of illegal mushrooms and what is believed to be 42 ecstasy pills. There were a number of cases of underage drinking and drug paraphernalia as well. Two people were arrested for DUI near the fairgrounds. One other person was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

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