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Nine felony drug-related arrests on second night of Electric Daisy Carnival

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Justin M. Bowen

Metro officers and security handcuff a Festival goer as the sun begins to rise during the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, June 26, 2011.

A Metro Police official said this morning the Electric Daisy Carnival’s second night at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway had more people than the first night, but turned out to be not as eventful for law enforcement officials, with only nine drug-related arrests made.

“There were more arrests, but less narcotics arrests,” said Lt. Tom Roberts, Metro watch commander. Metro Released the following official numbers concerning police-related activities at Saturday's event:

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From 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. today, there were:

• Nine felony arrests—all related to narcotics, compared to 12 felony arrests the first night.

• Eleven misdemeanor arrests, compared to six on the first night.

• One DUI-alcohol arrest, compared to one on the first night.

There were also 187 medical calls through Medic West Ambulance Service, with 12 patients transported to area hospitals. On the first night, there were 143 medical calls through Medic West Ambulance Services. About 300-plus people were treated and five were transported to area hospitals.

Officials also said 21 people were ejected from the event, compared to 31 ejections on the first night.

The event, which continues tonight, brought in between 82,000 and 87,000 people on its second night, compared to about 75,000 on its first night, according to Insomniac Inc., the promoter. The event is expected to bring in close to 250,000 total attendance by the time it ends early Monday morning.

One of the major incidents at the event was Saturday’s discovery that possibly as much as $1 million in counterfeit wristbands were being sold for the event.

After investigating, Metro Police arrested Pathomrat Kunawongse, 35, and Aaron Hernandez, 37, of California. Kunawongse was charged with burglary, attempting to obtain money under false pretenses, possession of stolen property, attempted forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime. Hernandez was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses, attempted forgery and conspiracy to commit a crime.

“A lot of times if a deal was too good to be true, there’s probably something wrong with it,” Roberts said.

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