Outdoor Va. rave ends in major drug bust

Posted at 10:06 PM, Jun 19, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-20 19:44:30-04

UPDATED: Ravers respond to weekend drug raid. A search warrant shows that an undercover officer entered the premises and was offered Ketamine and LSD for sale. Read more here.

CULPEPER, Va. (WTVR)–A rave advertised on the internet and Facebook attracted thousands—and resulted in the seizure of heaps of drugs and loads of cash.

The rave, called Camp Glow, was a large outdoor music festival with lasers, bands and a stage, as well as overnight camping.

Things darkened quickly for the ravers though, once Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office raided early Sunday morning with more than 20 state and local law enforcement officers. Officials said  they obtained a search warrant based on earlier observations.

The record scratched and the music stopped for good once the police were inside.

A shakedown of the property resulted in the seizure of nearly two pounds of marijuana, approximately 287 miscellaneous pills, more than 200 doses of LSD, crystal methamphetamines, cocaine, heroin, psychedelic mushrooms and more than 100 smoking devices.

Deputies also seized more than $2,500 in U.S. currency resulting from narcotics distribution.

Officials said they learned about the two-day rave on its first night, Friday, June 15. Deputies claimed that complaints of noise violations tipped them off to the party. They also mentioned in the press release that the rave was advertising online and on Facebook.

Event organizers denied the deputies entry onto the property.  Event organizers complied with the request to turn down the music at that time, said officials.

The rave was hosted on the 24000 block of Somerville Rd., a rural area near Commonwealth Park in the southern end of Culpeper County. Thousands from around the East coast were in attendance, at least said officials.

Google maps shows that organizers might have selected a not-so-secluded location. Coffeewood Corrections Center is only 4.6 miles away, by road. The proximity between the two locations looks to be less than two miles. Certainly loud music and bright lights could carry through the night.

The Sheriff’s Office made the following arrests:

  • Benjamin Legare, 21, of Alexandria, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines.
  • Joshua Stout, 24, of Baltimore, MD, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
  • Tyler Marney, 23, of Spotsylvania, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute of methamphetamines.
  • David Vanscoy, 24, of Fauquier County, on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamines.
  • Tyler Weedon, 21, of Ellicott City, MD, on a charge of possession of marijuana.
  • Geoffrey Ortiz, 39, of New York, on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Additional arrests are expected resulting from this ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this rave is encouraged to contact the Culpeper County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 540-727-3400.

CBS 6 is looking further into this story and will have a report on CBS 6 News. Anyone who attended and wishes to speak to WTVR is encouraged to email the station at