A ninth person has been hospitalized after apparently overdosing on a drug ingested at an electronic music festival in Daly City over the weekend, a police sergeant said today.
The 25-year-old San Jose man was admitted to an East Bay hospital late Monday night after falling unconscious from a suspected overdose of the drug ecstasy.
Similar apparent overdoses claimed the life of another young man Sunday and left seven others ill, Daly City police Sgt. David Mackriss said.
The victims became ill after taking a drug believed to be ecstasy at the “etd.POP 2010” music festival Saturday night at the Cow Palace in Daly City, police said.
One of them, 23-year-old Santa Clara resident Anthony Mata, died Sunday night.
Mackriss said the most recent case is life-threatening, and police said Monday that five other cases were also life-threatening. Two more people are in stable condition.
Officers arrested 68 adults and five juveniles on suspicion of possessing or selling drugs at the festival. The event lasted from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday and had an estimated attendance of 16,500.
Police also seized 800 ecstasy tablets with a street value of $16,000, and other drugs including LSD, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. About $5,000 in cash was confiscated, officials said.
Samples of the confiscated drugs are being examined by toxicologists.
In 2002, two people died of drug overdoses linked to the same music festival, according to Mackriss.
Mackriss said anyone who attended the festival who has symptoms related to an overdose should get examined at a hospital.