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Concert-goers sneak in drugs

Rochester, N.Y - Security confiscated about twenty ecstasy tablets from concert-goers headed to a rave at the Main Street Armory Wednesday night.

Every show has their different treasures and this is just one from one of the electronic shows, Scott Donaldson said as he pointed to the box of drugs on his desk. The owner of the venue, Donaldson, said he is not surprised at the amount of drugs seized; its how the pills were disguised that shocked him.

They were grinding up ecstasy and using pill presses to turn them into Advil, Donaldson said.

Made to look like over-the-counter medication, ecstasy pills were mixed in with pain killers and stashed in bottles found in most medicine cabinets.

With airport like security, 50 to 60 guards pat-down people and searched bags before concert-goers could enter the venue. Security staff confiscated any pills they found along with all liquids at the door. While not all of the items looked suspicious, Donaldson called in police to test the substances Friday.

Were testing it because if it did come up positive we wanted the parents to know what to watch for, Donaldson said as police sorted through the items.

According to police, about twenty of the pills tested positive for MDMA, the main ingredient in ecstasy.

I've been to a bunch of shows like this and there are always drugs, Joe Shaffer said as he walked into the Main Street Armory Friday night. The 23-year-old said hes been to several shows at the Main Street Armory and has seen a lot of drugs, especially at events like Wednesdays electric music show.

I think its foolish for people to be doing that kind of stuff, Shaffer said, But its fairly common, unfortunately.

Police said people often try to sneak drugs in to sell during concerts. Shaffer said he has seen it happen before, Usually security tries to get to them but people disappear into the crowd.

Ranging in age from 14 to 40-years-old, roughly three thousand people attended the rave Wednesday night. Admittance requirements at Main Street Armory differ by event, and people of all ages were allowed into the electric music show.

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