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Somerset festival sees drug-related arrests

Formal charges were filed this week after several drug-related arrests at an annual music festival in Somerset.

The Summer Set Music and Camping Festival, held Aug. 11-13 at Somerset Amphitheatre, resulted in several arrests, St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said.

Those included 22-year-old DeSoto, Mo., resident Andrew T. Schnurbusch, who was arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession with intent to deliver, designer drug possession with intent to deliver and narcotic possession with intent to deliver. He was charged Monday, Aug. 14, in St. Croix County Circuit Court, where Judge Michael Waterman set cash bond at $2,000.

Clear Lake resident Malia E. Kent, 19, was arrested on suspicion of designer drug possession with intent to deliver. She faces a misdemeanor charge in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

Two Harvard, Ill., residents, James M. Martin, 20, and Christina J. Brummett, were arrested on suspicion of psilocin possession. There was no word Monday afternoon on formal charges in those arrests.

Knudson said the unseasonably cool temperatures helped stymie heat exhaustion-related issues that have cropped up at previous festivals. He lauded the onsite medical team, which is comprised of Regions Hospital emergency room doctors.

"The medical staff on hand is one of the best I've ever seen in their preparation and triaging of patients," Knudson said.

Still, he said noise complaints from residents as far as two miles from the campground were among lingering concerns he has about the festival, which came under fire from his predecessor John Shilts in 2015.

"We continue to learn each year," Knudson said. "I think I do share some of Sheriff Shilts' concerns about some of the drugs that are being brought in."

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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