Phish Fans Fill Jail

As far as the Ames, Iowa, Chief of Police is concerned, the band Phish is welcome to stay away from his town — forever. Chief Dennis Ballantine said this week that the city jail has been filled with Phishheads, the devoted followers of the music group, since the band’s concert at Iowa State University on Friday night. “If they never come back, it will be too soon,” he said. Ballantine said the lawlessness and drug use outside the concert was so appalling that he will ask the university to ban Phish from campus. Sheriff’s deputies, police and campus officers report they arrested 26 fans, most on drug possession charges.

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