By Scott T. Sterling
Just weeks before Electric Zoo 2014 kicks off at New York’s Randall’s Island Park, an arrest has been made in connection to a drug-related death at last year’s event.
According to CNN, 23-year-old Patrick Morgan was nabbed by federal agents in Buffalo, N.Y., on counts of drug possession, distribution and conspiracy charges. He is charged with selling MDMA (AKA “Molly”) laced with methylone to at least three attendees at last year’s Electric Zoo, including a sale of 80 pills for about $1,100 to an acquaintance of Jeffery Ross, 23, who collapsed and suffered a seizure after taking the drugs.
Taken to Harlem Hospital Center on the night of Aug. 30, 2013, with a rapid heartbeat and body temperature as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit, Ross was pronounced dead in the early morning hours of the next day, according to court documents.
The third and final day of Electric Zoo 2013 was canceled after a second drugs-related death and several other attendees fell ill over the course of the festival weekend.
Morgan was nabbed after trading text messages with one of Ross’ friends, who wrote to the suspect: “Hey it was great to see you last week. Glad we got to talk about Jeff a little it was bugging me. Just know that I no longer blame us for giving the molly to him because it was him that made the mistake of taking too much.”
As a result of last year’s drama, Electric Zoo 2014 will arrive with a slew of updated safety measures, including additional plainclothes security guards who specialize in narcotics, freely available water, free/cheap electrolyte beverages and drug sniffing dogs. Vendors will be more highly scrutinized, the event will start later in the day (to reduce fans’ exposure to the sun) and there will be “amnesty bins,” where fans can ditch illegal substances before being searched without penalty.