TAMPA (FOX 13)
Tampa Police said as of 8:30 p.m. on Saturday officers at the Sunset Music Festival made 14 felony arrests and 4 misdemeanor arrests, the majority for drug possession.
SMF organizers cracked down with a zero-tolerance policy that included more extensive searches and drug sniffing dogs. The renewed focus comes after two drug-related deaths at least year's festival. Security was also on high alert for other suspicious activity considering the recent concert bombing in Manchester, England.
"Everybody's aware of what happened in Manchester. So we do take that into consideration. We look at that. Review what happened there. Review our policies and procedures. See what needs to be updated," said Tampa police spokesman Eddy Durkin.
Festival goers had to have bags inspected. They were also subject to pat downs. Tampa Police officers patrolled the venue near Raymond James Stadium in uniform and undercover.
The festival continues Sunday from 3 p.m. to midnight.