Twenty indicted on drug charges at Nateva Festival

PARIS — An Oxford County grand jury has indicted 20 individuals from around the country on charges of selling and possessing drugs at the Nateva Music and Camping Festival last month.

Thirteen of the 16 people initially arrested at the festival on drug trafficking charges were included in the indictments, along with three additional people. Three people arrested at the festival on charges of possessing an illegal drug had the charge changed  to drug trafficking. One person was indicted on a felony drug possession charge.

Three people arrested at the festival on drug trafficking charges were not indicted, but the District Attorney's Office said at least one case was still under review and would be presented to the next grand jury.

The four-day Nateva Festival, the first event in what is anticipated to be an annual series, took place at the Oxford Fairgrounds over the Fourth of July weekend. It featured performances by 51 bands. More than 8,000 people attended the event, and police arrested or issued summonses to 34 concertgoers in total.

According to court documents, several busts occurred when security personnel searched concert-goers at entrances to the fairgrounds. Agents from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency were also present at the festival and seized Ecstasy, LSD, psylocybin mushrooms, marijuana, and cocaine packaged for sale.

After the festival, police said most of the festival's attendees did not cause any problems. During a July 9 discussion on its Facebook page, Nateva Maine said drug dealers are not welcome at the event.

“If you were selling drugs or nitrous, we don't want you to come back,” the post reads. “If you brought your own personal stash, exercised reasonable discretion and behaved like a human being — we expect you had no problems with security and enjoyed yourself as a member of the Nateva Community.”

Four people were charged with aggravated drug trafficking due to prior felony convictions for drug trafficking. Two of the indictments charge Maine residents with crimes, with the remainder charging residents from other states.

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Those indicted

— Michael S. Bardsley, 35, of Walnut Street in Manchester, Conn. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, one count of unlawful possession of illegal drugs, criminal forfeiture.

— Matthew W. Bishop, 34, of Route 121 in Casco. Four counts of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Fabian M. Brisco, 21, of West 100th Place in Chicago, Ill. One count of unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Brendan Burgess, 23, of Maywood Drive in Seaford, N.Y. One count of unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Gerald Dickerson, 50, of Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif. One count of trafficking in or furnishing counterfeit drugs, criminal forfeiture.

— Southern K. Dotson, 29, of Route 121 in Otisfield. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Timothy Leroy Durham, 22, of College Road in Stratham, N.H. Aggravated drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Joshua C. Hill, 21, of Blue Jay Lane in Richmond, Va. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Glen R. Horton, Jr., 29, of Claremont Street in Somerville, Mass. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, one count of unlawful drug possession.

— Brett A. Jutras, 35, of Chestnut Pond Road in Epsom, N.H. One count of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Benjamin P. Latini, 23, of Lorain Street in New Brunswick, N.J. Four counts of unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Matthew D. Leuba, 23, of School Street in West Warwick, R.I. One count of unlawful drug possession.

— Amy E. McCarthy, 24, of Winthrop Avenue in New Haven, Conn. Two counts of aggravated drug trafficking, one count of assault, criminal forfeiture.

— Joseph Michael Mion, 21, of Crooked Creed Road in Norcross, Ga. One count of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Andrew Jacob Place, 24, of Heath Road in Bristol, Vt. One count of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Augustus M. Stanford, 20, of Willow Oak Circle in Virginia Beach, Va. Two counts of aggravated drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Sheradon R. Stump, 24, of Kove Street in West Haven, Conn. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking.

— Zackary V. Thomas, 22, of River Court in Virginia Beach, Va. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Ada B. Webb, 27, of Bagley Road in Madison, N.H. Two counts of unlawful drug trafficking, criminal forfeiture.

— Andrew P. Wisman, 28, of Orlando Drive in Tamarac, Fla. One count of aggravated drug trafficking.

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Mike Wendell's picture

So who was the one...

So who was the one who got caught throw the drugs over the fence right in front of the cop? I seem to recall the SJ mentioning that in one of their articles.

Jeff Douglas's picture

so your confortable spending

so your confortable spending near 2 million to incarcerate 20 people for three months? even tho it accomplish's nothing? one guy was arrested for selling fake drugs.

please explain how we are all now safer as a result?

Pot culture? really

Jeff Douglas's picture

and while were at it what

and while were at it what about the sex offenders and pedophiles that get 12 months because our jails are full of non-violent drug offenders?

you OK with that too......

Jeff Douglas's picture

all those crimes you mention

all those crimes you mention involve somebody else getting hurt or stolen from these crimes have VICTOM's. some guy getting wasted in his basement is not the same.

Jeff Douglas's picture

also please stop refering to

also please stop refering to me as a pot head. i do not smoke pot in fact i dont use illegal drugs of any kind. i am a correctional caseworker at a state run prison.

Jeff Douglas's picture

cars have hurt alot of people

cars have hurt alot of people too. sports? id say climbing up the side of a cliff is dangerous, should we ban that too. the majority of societies probelms with drugs stem from its legal status not the drugs themselves. prohibition gave us organised crime the war on drugs continues to give criminals a venue to further thier criminal activity. you dont see Budwiser and keystone haveing gun fights in the streets over turf, but they did during prohibition.

Jeff Douglas's picture

sweet 20 people in jail

for those keeping track thats $2,400 a day for every day they spend in jail. over what? some pills? did anybody die? was anybody even hurt? no yet here we are spend thousands of tax dollars to punish them. lets also talk about the average cost of a drug trial $80,000. assuming they spend about 3 months in jail a piece.
$2400 X 90 = $216,000
$80,000 X 20 = $1,600,000

total cost to taxpayers $1,816,000

and thats considered a victory for the citizens of Maine? its time to get some sensable policies about drugs.

Jeff Douglas's picture

i really enjoy all the people

i really enjoy all the people who disagree with having sensable drug policies. WOW

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