Undercover cops busted 9 Lollapalooza drug deals

August 05, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Tired after Lolla? At least you didn't spend the night in jail.

Among Lollapalooza's Sunday attendees: a handful of undercover police officers, at least nine fest-goers who got caught buying or selling drugs, and a lot of tie-dyed clothes that made their way to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse by Monday afternoon.

The cast of alleged drug-offenders was diverse, according to court records. There was the 17-year-old high school student from the North Side, who officers caught with a mix of marijuana joints, Ecstasy pills, and LSD tablets wrapped in foil; the 20-year-old woman with more than $7,000 worth of powdered Ecstasy and pills on her; the Le Cordon Bleu student, who sold a pill to an undercover officer around 2 p.m.; A man from Connecticut and two men from Missouri.

The Chicago Police Department had at least one team of officers on a "buy-bust" mission at the festival, which drew thousands of people to Grant Park over the weekend. They used special CPD funds to purchase illegal drugs, and then arrested the offenders, according to court records. Officers also arrested some people they observed buying or selling drugs in and around the park.

In total, Chicago Police officers made 46 felony and misdemeanor arrests during the weekend-long music festival, and issued 38 tickets for lesser offenses like marijuana possession, according to officials.

"There were no significant issues," police spokesman Adam Collins said in a statement.

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