Michigan man arrested in connection with Ohio Dreams concert overdoses

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BUTLER, OHIO - An arrest has been made in connection with 23 overdoses at a music festival in Richland County Saturday night.

Matthew Lee Gross, 28, of Ypsilanti, Michigan was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs.

Chief Deputy Major Joe Masi of the Richland County Sheriff released a report that stated Gross was identified by people at the Ohio Dreams Sports Camp music festival,  'The Last Weekend On Earth,' as being the person who handed out packets of candy that turned out to be laced with a high dosage of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

One witnesses took pictures of Gross reaching into his backpack and throwing handfuls of the packets into the crowd. Those pictures were turned over to the police at the concert. Gross was later apprehended by a security guard.

Gross initially gave several different accounts as to why he had the packets, which were marked "RX Prescribed Medibles by Dr. Greenbud, NERD ROPES, 100mg."

He was arrested and charged with a 5th degree felony of drug trafficking and taken to the Richland County Jail. Police also noted that Gross is licensed to possess and/or grow marijuana in the state of Michigan.

Paramedics at the festival initially thought the overdoses were caused by opiates but when victims did not respond to the Narcan they had the candies tested and they came back positive for a high dosage of THC.

Several concert goers who spoke with Fox8's Lorrie Taylor admitted to eating the THC laced candy. All denied experiencing any problems after ingesting the synthetic drug.

Ohio Dreams owner Chris Ashcroft said the EST Festival was not a camp sponsored event. He said he rented his property to the organization behind EST and never expected anything like this to happen.



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