Turns out there were undercover police officers on the scene who arrested folks for dealing drugs -- and about 60 were arrested on drug charges all told. Attendees weren't down with that, surprise surprise, and some think the festival's police presence was too heavy. (Personally, we thought they employed a light touch, but festival organizers are asking those who had issues with law enforcement to report them.)
But another question is: What did the police think of all the wacky dreadlocked kids and their twirly sticks? Below, Sergeant Dean Spivacke of the Temecula Police Department shares his thoughts:
What's your take on Lightning in a Bottle?
We usually work out at Coachella fest, so it's quite similar to that.
What do you make of the crowd?
The crowd is a little bit more free with themselves here than they are at Coachella fest, but they're just expressing themselves. They're mellow, nice and respectful. We haven't had much of any problems. They're just enjoying themselves and their music. Everything's all good.
What have been the primary issues this weekend?
We're seeing quite a bit of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Some drug overdoses. We made a number of arrests for drug-related offenses, but we've had hardly any fights at all between the patrons. They seem to really respect the law enforcement and appreciate that we're here. Overall it's been pretty good, given the number of people here.