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The trend of arrests at Ultra continues for the fifth consecutive year

Ultra Music Festival 2018 - Day 2

Scenes from the second day at the Ultra Music Festival Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Bayfront Park in Miami.
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Scenes from the second day at the Ultra Music Festival Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Bayfront Park in Miami.

Arrests at this year’s Ultra music festival fell for the fifth consecutive year.

According to numbers released by Miami police Monday afternoon, there were four arrests Friday, 13 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday for a total of 27. That is less than last year's total of 35, which itself was a 47.7 percent drop from 2016's 67 arrests.

The drop in arrests over the last few years has been credited to amnesty boxes for drugs, a minimum age of 18, sturdier barriers and attendees more mature and knowledgeable about the festival experience.

Also down was the number of people taken to area hospitals. Miami Fire Rescue captain Ignatius Carroll said there were eight people transported Friday and Saturday each and 20 on Sunday.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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