COOK COUNTY COURTHOUSE — Men suspected of drug dealing at Lollapalooza over the weekend were hauled in front of a judge Monday afternoon.
The busts, mostly on charges of possession and delivery of ecstasy, were made after "numerous complaints" of drug dealing, police said. In response, officers "formulated a plan to make controlled purchases" at the three-day music event, according to court documents.
Geoffrey Rowry, 22; Andriy Kapeniak, 18; Clayton Marlot, 21; and Robert Juckiness, 21 received a range of bond from $5,000 to $50,000.
Officers recovered about 65 pills, mostly small green pills suspected to be ecstasy, and 27 grams of marijuana from the six men — about $1,800 in street value, according to court documents.
In each case, undercover officers played a role in the bust by making controlled purchases from the alleged dealers and, in the case of Kapeniak, by keeping an eye out for drugs dropped on the ground.
Beefed-up security, closer attention paid during bag checks and more undercover officers in and around the festival grounds added to a reduction in Lollapalooza crime this year, police Supt. Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Monday morning.
"The fact is very little crime, very little problems," he said, adding that festival producers also told him the event, which drew some 300,000 people, went smoothly.
"We had to take some extra steps, which we did, and we're thankful nothing happened," he said.
The annual festival is a worldwide draw, as evidenced by the six men — at least half of whom had residences listed out-of-state.
Police said a total of 48 arrests were made and 38 tickets issued over the three-day festival.