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Published by Chad Garrison
Schwagstock organizer Jimmy Tebeau admits to role in hosting "drug-involved premise."
Schwagstock organizer Jimmy Tebeau admits to role in hosting "drug-involved premise."

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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICEEASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
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June 12, 2012For Immediate Release 
OWNER OF CAMP ZOE PLEADS GUILTYTO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
Cape Girardeau, MO - James Tebeau, 44, pled guilty to one felony count of maintaininga drug-involved premises. He has also agreed to forfeit to the United States approximately 350acres in Shannon County, Missouri. Tebeau appeared before United States District JudgeStephen N. Limbaugh, Jr., this morning in Cape Girardeau to enter his plea.According to the plea and court documents, from 2004 until October 2010, Tebeaumanaged a campground consisting of approximately 350 acres known as Camp Zoe. Tebeauused Camp Zoe as a location to hold various weekend music festivals known as "Schwagstock"or "Spookstock" festivals. Those festivals would normally be held from April through Octoberon a monthly basis, and would last for three days. He would arrange for various bands to cometo Camp Zoe and Tebeau would also perform with his band, "The Schwag Band." Tebeauadvertised these festivals in various publications, and was aware that the term "schwag" was aslang term for low-grade marijuana and he purposely adopted that name for his music festivalsand band.Tebeau charged each person who attended a music festival $60 admission for entrance toCamp Zoe for the three day festival. Each person who paid admission had an armband placed ontheir wrist by a Camp Zoe employee. The number of people who attended each festival rangedfrom a low of 3,600 campers during April festivals to a high of nearly 8,000 campers for thefestivals in May, for an average 5,000. The campers parked their vehicles in fields on Camp Zoeand camped in tents and small personal camping trailers.In August, 2006, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested two individuals who hadbeen selling illegal mushrooms at Camp Zoe. In the ensuing investigation over the next fouryears, officers made over 150 undercover purchases of illegal drugs that included marijuana,psychedelic mushrooms, ecstacy, cocaine, LSD, MDMA, opium, moonshine liquor, and productssuch as homemade cookies and cakes containing hashish oil. Officers observed 100 to 200 drugsellers at each festival, and estimated that the total amount of illegal drugs sold in the campduring a typical Schwagstock festival was approximately $500,000 per event.Tebeau admitted that he was responsible for the operation of the camp. While Tebeaudid not participate in any drug sales, he admitted that he was aware of the drug use and hadinstructed his employees that certain types of drugs were permissible in the campground, likemarijuana, LSD and mushrooms, but had instructed them to eject persons who sold crack 

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