Death Reported at Gathering of the Juggalos; Drug Bridge Closed
Daniel Hill The now-closed "drug bridge"
The Gathering of the Juggalos' infamous "drug bridge" is closed today, following reports of a fatal overdose. Ambulances were on the scene at Cave-in-Rock, Illinois around 2 p.m. local time, according to witnesses. The substance involved is believed to be heroin. The person's name and sex is not yet known.
Since the incident, the bridge -- which is basically an open air free-for-all market for recreational drugs -- has been closed for business, with two semi-trucks parked to block its access. There have been numerous reports of overdoses throughout the first few days; according to a police officer we spoke to, there were 10 just yesterday, but none yet fatal.
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Elsewhere, security and staff seem to be aware of the illegal activity. Just yesterday, we saw Insane Clown Posse member Violent Jay driving across the bridge himself in a golf cart, while dealers selling a litany of drugs openly peddled their wares.
Security searches for contraband were performed on all cars passing onto the grounds upon arrival. Mike Wilson, a security guard now tasked with preventing people from walking onto the drug bridge, tells us he heard reports that someone had died, but does not have details.
"We stopped a few people from bringing things in," he says, "One guy had a lot of drugs. He was a drug dealer or something and had no business being here."
In regards to the open drug use on the grounds, Wilson concedes: "I have had to look the other way a few times, but mostly these kids are just having fun. No one is violent or even rude."
"These are all real good kids out here," Wilson continues. "It's a shame."
We will update this post with more information as it comes in.
Drew Ailes contributed to the reporting of this story.
By Daniel Hill
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