Everything that we told you in Parts 1, 2 and 3 of our Coachella Fest series is still true for this year.
Missed Part 3? Read it here
In fact, we saw all of the same police activity in 2018 that we have seen in the previous 10 years of Coachella Fest.
The cops aren’t getting any sharper on their game, so you need to!
You should heed all of the tips we gave you last year as to how to NOT get arrested for drug possession at the festival…don’t make any weird or unusual hand movements that look like you are moving some small item from one part of your person or clothing to another part and don’t hand to or receive from someone else any drugs when you are out in the open either inside the entrance gate or just outside it or even in the campgrounds and parking lots. That person nearby or in visual range who looks like just some bum or just a party person may actually be a bum cop or a partying cop! You won’t know until they swoop down on you to search and arrest you.
So, if you need to move something from one place to another on your person, go into a bathroom stall/portable potty to do it. If you need to hand something to someone else, find a private location to do it or put the item in a large innocent looking container like a bag or a jacket that you can pass to the other person…but, don’t stash it in the container until you are out of view first.
So, what do you do if you get arrested, if you have already made some statement to the cops and it is too late to assert your 5th Amendment right to remain silent, then just be nice to the cops and cooperate with them to the extent that is necessary. You do not need to say anymore than to just answer their questions with short direct answers that only answer their questions. Don’t try to make it better for yourself by whining and crying or giving up information about where you got the dope, it won’t work and it won’t get you out of the arrest.
Once they have you and the evidence, they are going to go through with the arrest. So, just go along with their program at that point and they will let you go back into the festival once they have completed the arrest booking process.