Sixteen people arrested at Hulaween festival for smuggling over 12,000 caps of illegal drugs

The Hulaween festival, a four-day camping festival drawing in 20,000 people annually, held an undercover “buy-bust” operation, leading to the arrest of three individuals on drug trafficking charges on Sunday. At the end of the event, 16 people were arrested during the festival.

According to the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office reports, around 6 p.m Sunday, an undercover officer was taken to a campsite near the Patch Stage and 80 acres. They overheard a drug deal taking place with Gilstad, leading to members of the police force alongside the Live Oak Police Department to converge to the area.

Steven Gonzalez, 37, Cheyne Eric Gilstad, 34, and Jacob Anthony Sclechta, 32, were the foremost leaders of the drug deal. Gonzalez attempted to flee the scene and was reported to have attempted to discard cocaine, resulting in spilling on the ramp of the camper. Inside the camper, U.S. currency, a credit card machine, bags containing drugs, and other miscellaneous paraphernalia was found.

The bust resulted in turning up 9,542 ecstasy tablets, 1,635 LSD tablets, 955 oxycodone pills, 325 Xanax pills, 85 grams of Alpha-PVP, analytical reagent testing kits, 16 grams of suspected DMT, four grams of heroin and less than 20 grams of cannabis in the camper and on the person. The report states Gonzalez admitted to attracting people over to the camper but denied taking part in the transaction itself.

Police charged Gonzalez with resisting arrest, obstruct without violence, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, trafficing controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell/manufacture/deliver.

Gilstad told authorities he had a firearm weapon in his truck for protection while at Hulaween. Gilstad was charged with trafficing in controlled substance, such as distributing marijuana and commit a felony with a weapon.

Sclechta was detained and found to have additional drugs on him during the bust. The drugs matched the packages of drugs in the camper. Sclechta was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell/manufacture/deliver, commit a felony with a weapon and possess a structure or vehicle known to traffic drugs and traffic in a controlled substance.

Among the 16 arrested, most of those were charged with possession and use of drugs, tampering of evidence, and unlawful distribution of drug paraphernalia.

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