Widespread Panic, known for their spontaneous and offbeat performances, rarely disappoints the rock enthusiasts who come out for their live shows.
The band’s appearance at the USF Sun Dome Wednesday night didn’t disappoint University Police Officers looking for fans carrying drugs, either.
UP made five drug-related arrests of non-students Thursday, the most serious of which involved three band devotees, all over 35 and hailing from as far away as Hawaii, who were found huffing nitrous oxide in a van containing heroin, methamphetamines, LSD, ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana, according to police reports.
Tracy Raymond, 46, and Jill Schwartz, 38, both from Berkeley, Calif., were arrested along with Troy Reikow, 39, of Honolulu, Hawaii, according to reports from UP and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Raymond was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cocaine and possession of heroin.
Schwartz was charged with possession of cannabis less than 20 grams.
Reikow was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis less than 20 grams, and inhalation or possession of a harmful substance.
According to a UP report, Sergeant Tom Bobrowski, Officer Brian Pearson and Officer Dominick Marckese saw Reikow huffing the contents of a blue balloon in the front seat of car parked in the Sun Dome around midnight Wednesday.
The report stated Reikow, who was in the van with Schwartz and Raymond, told officers the balloon contained nitrous oxide.
The officers then searched his belongings, finding seven additional balloons, four MDMA tablets and LSD, according to the report.
A search of the car also turned up cannabis on the center console of the car and a small black bag with LSD, MDMA tablets, and heroin.
A burnt marijuana roach in an armrest, two marijuana cigarettes on the backseat and cocaine residue on the Visa card in Raymond’s wallet were also found, according to the report.
As of press time, both Raymond and Reikow were being held at Orient Road Jail. Raymond’s bond is set at $21,000, Reikow’s at $10,250. Schwartz, whose bond was set at $500, was released Thursday morning.