Strange Creek Campout yields arrests, 2 non-fatal overdoses
GREENFIELD — The annual Strange Creek Campout this weekend racked up about the usual number of casualties.
Lt. Joseph Burge said Sunday afternoon none of the weekend’s overdoses to that point had been fatal and no particular variety of drug was to blame, as in a past year when a bad batch of LSD was blamed for the damage.
Burge said a whole melange of drugs were in use.
The Wormtown Trading Co. stages the Strange Creek Campout music festival and Wormtown Music Festival at Camp Kee-wanee, 1 Health Camp Road.
Greenfield emergency dispatchers logged 14 requests for ambulances at the camp Friday through Monday. Of these, two were listed as overdoses and the majority unspecified.
The only drug specifically referenced was BHO or butane hash oil, 13 small vials of which were found on one overdose patient brought to Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to the log.
Police arrested two festival-goers on non-drug-related charges. Greenfield police arrested Kenneth Manzoli, 28, of Kingston, New York, on a court warrant as a fugitive from justice on Saturday. Ronald E. Benson Jr., 30, of Glastonbury, Conn., was arrested and charged with indecent exposure on Sunday.
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