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Published: 2010/11/24

Camp Zoe Responds to DEA Complaint

As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the Missouri Highway Patrol and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have filed a joint complaint in the Eastern District of Missouri asking to seize the 350-acre Zoe Farm, “alleging rampant drug dealing and drug use at events.” According to the paper, “ investigators spent four years monitoring and interacting with concertgoers on the farm, witnessing drug use and completing open drug deals with participants during events. Officials allege that the owner and event operators were aware of the activity and ‘took no immediate action to prevent’ the sale and use of cocaine, marijuana, LSD, ecstasy, psilocybin mushrooms, opium and marijuana-laced food.”

Meanwhile, the facility has issued its own statement in response to the events:

Dear friends and family of Camp Zoe

We are sad to report the federal government is apparently attempting to shut down Camp Zoe. They raided the campground on Monday, November 1, 2010 around 7:30 a.m.. They had a search warrant looking for gate revenue from the Spookstock 9 (Oct. 29+30) festival weekend and any financial records. They came in with 70+ officers from the IRS, DEA, Homeland Security, Highway patrol, and local & regional police officers. They confiscated gate receipt money from the weekend that was not already deposited in the bank. They also confiscated some computers and some paperwork from the file cabinets in the offices onsite. One patron was arrested for previous warrants unrelated to Camp Zoe. The same day the DEA seized all the money in the Camp Zoe bank account – which included most of the gate receipts for the Spookstock 9 weekend. This money was to be used to pay staff, artists, security, production (lights & sound), trash pickup, etc. for the festival weekend. It was also to be used for the basic bills for Camp Zoe to get the business through the winter – mortgage, electric, insurance, phones, advertising, staff, etc. On November 8 they also filed an application to seize the Camp Zoe property. No arrest warrants have yet been issued for any of the Camp Zoe staff or owners. All of us at Camp Zoe are doing everything we can to prevent the land seizure and to get the money back they took from the business. We have hired a team of attorneys to represent us on all these matters. Many of you have already reached out to offer financial help as well as moral support. We do really appreciate it. There has been another account set up to collect donations to help pay for attorney fees and basic bills for Camp Zoe while all of this gets sorted out. Our goal is to prove our innocence and to stay in business.

Camp Zoe has put out a call for donations as it defends itself against these charges.

Comments

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sketchyfesty November 26, 2010, 00:10:43

Sounds like the grease-balls running this sh*t show should have wised up to what seems to be a clear cut law about the feds right to take away your assets by taking some action against the shady peeps who go to this place to slang drugs like it is a free for all. Peace and love LOL.

Lot Kid November 25, 2010, 14:02:37

I mean if youve been to Zoe you know the reports are true. They have never done anything to stop kids from raging every corner of the place. If they would at least had a team of ppl getting the kids out of the pathways. Or doing anything to at least make an open effort to stop drugs from over running the place, this would have never happened. I have been there many times and everyone knew this wouldnt last forever. Its amazing it went on this long. Sad to see a good place go down, but jeez it was out of hand, for real. All good things come to an end. This place is cooked. Lot Kid

pigkinfly November 25, 2010, 14:06:19

Cuz it’s a lot easier to go after the peaceful people than it is the vicious drug cartels.

exactamente December 3, 2010, 23:17:49

Giving kids an open opportunity to get themselves blotto isn’t “harming no one”. Zoe was an “all ages venue”, and a lot of kids couldn’t handle it. Heck, a lot of “adults” couldn’t handle it either. How many responsible venues allow hard liquor? How many grungy half-wits lurched around Zoe with glazed-eyes and open bottles of whisky? How many naked, hollow-eyed, A & E zombies did you count? If the police roadblocks on show weekends caught the worst and most obvious offenders, what does that say about the rest of the patrons, who ended up turning the place into a human menagerie? No matter who was, or is, responsible, it had to stop. The government is holding all the cards, and probably has a few left to play. Before it all shakes out, the plot will probably thicken. Hang tight.

stormy1 December 30, 2010, 12:09:13

As a Lover of the Schwag for a long long time, I feel bad that the camp got busted, BUT, as a mother of a 17 year old boy hearing all the other teens stories about Camp Zoe, IT HAD TO HAPPEN. My son wanted to go so bad but I knew it wasn’t just “love, peace and happiness” there. It was a hard core Dope Dealing event. I’m not a prude by any standard and firmly believe a little weed and fungi never hurt anyone, but there where some serious narcotics readily available to anyone with cash. We were planning a trip down there so we could all enjoy the music, so hopefully this will get straightened out soon. And let this be a lesson to all the DUMB ASS PUNKS to wise up, and not ruin the fun for everyone else.

keith February 24, 2011, 09:46:06

Patrons of Zoe should know better than to have dealings like this in public. If agents bought from a dope man in public than he’s the real dirty culprit. Greedy small time dealers, selling without shame or dignity. Some of the drugs being sold can be fatal if not used correctly
and kids of all ages attend the festival. Somebody has to take on the responsibility of the general welfare of the festival goers. Wherever there is an active drug trade or any commodity, there will be competition for that business. That’s what’s being prevented and that’s when things can get dodgy, messy, violent, especially in a drug trade. The laws have been broken and the man is coming in to clean house. It is a Shame for Camp Zoe as I am sure many that were patrons found something special there that didn’t come in a can, cup, bottle, or baggie. This is the stories greatest let down.

Setupshop March 8, 2011, 22:07:37

Damn. I made about 5 grand every trip down there. People who went there went for two reason, to enjoy the atmosphere and get fucked up. It was the peoples choice to attend the festivals. Now i guess ill have to resort to the rich kids in the St. Louis suburbs and West County to put myself through college.

ouchie November 24, 2010, 10:53:07

that is pretty intense! I mean, look, the law can do and will do whatever they want. it’s not like you can go get your money back from the bank, it’s gone and likely forever. thanks to shit like the patriot act, they can come in and seize all your stuff, money, land and anything they determine to be a threat to the ‘homeland’...so, all you hippies, fans and festival-goers – figure it out. don’t deal in public! it’s not like they didn’t wait and give you enough time…it is a sucky situation and I’m just hopeful this doesn’t happen to more festivals….ie, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, (TAKE NOTICE!!)

breezy November 24, 2010, 15:12:01

Sounds a lot like the Church of Universal Love and Music except this was the feds. Its pretty sad that they waste time, money and resources going after people that are harming no one.

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