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AU: Cops & Drug Dogs Bust 214 at New Year's Festival

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Record number arrested during drug-dog operation - Field Day 2015

Friday, 02 January 2015

Police have arrested 214 people in relation to drug offences at a New Year’s Day dance festival in Sydney – a record number of arrests during the one-day festival.

Police attached to the Redfern Region Enforcement Squad conducted a covert and overt operation at ‘Fuzzy Field Day 2015’, held at The Domain yesterday (Thursday 1 January 2015).

The operation targeted anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime, and illegal drug use and supply both inside and outside the venue, and ensured the safety and security of over 24,500 people.

As part of the operation, police with the assistance of the use of drug detection dogs identified 214 people allegedly in possession of illicit drugs

Illicit drugs seized included amphetamines, cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, LSD and ice.

Major arrests included three people arrested and charged with drug supply offences.

Police will allege a 20-year-old woman was found to be in possession of 75 ecstasy tablets; a 21-year-old woman was found with 50 ecstasy tablets, and a 19-year-old man was found to be in possession of 40 ecstasy tablets.

All three were charged with supplying drugs and granted conditional bail, to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on 29 January 2015.

A total of 88 people were ejected from the festival due to their level of intoxication or fence jumping.

During the Festival, 190 people received medical treatment by Ambulance Paramedics. Three of those people were taken to hospital for further treatment.

Redfern Region Enforcement Squad Commander, Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, said the amount of people caught using illicit drugs this year was a concern.

“Most festival-goers know how to have fun and still behave responsibly, but there are those who need to understand that they will not get past us if they have drugs on them” Chief Inspector Bell said.

“The drug-dog operation this year resulted in the most arrests police have made during the history of the Festival, which his extremely concerning and shows that some attendees are still not getting the message.

“We will not take our eye off the ball when it comes to our fight against drugs, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, particularly at music festivals.

“We make no apologies for finding these people and putting them before the courts.

“Police will continue to run these operations and work with the festival organisers to ensure music-lovers can attend festivals and enjoy themselves in a safe, drug-free environment,” Ch Insp Bell said.

Last year (2014) about 140 people were arrested over drug-related offences at the Field Day Festival, and in 2013, 153 people were arrested.


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