Police have charged 75 people with various drug-related offences at a dance festival at Moore Park yesterday.
On Sunday 29 April 2012, officers attached to Surry Hills Local Area Command led a drug detection dog operation targeting the possession and supply of prohibited drugs at the ‘Creamfields’ Dance Festival utilising resources from the Surry Hills Local Area Command, the State Protection Group Dog Unit and Redfern Region Enforcement Squad.
Six drug detections dogs were used to sniff-out revellers attempting to take illegal substances into the event, held between midday and 10pm at the Entertainment Quarter.
During the operation police searched 250 event patrons resulting in the arrest and charging of seventy five people with possession and supply of prohibited drugs, including ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis.
Seventy people were issued court attendance notices for the offence of possess prohibited drug with a further five people charged with supply. Ten people were issued cannabis caution notices while 16 people were ejected for unauthorised entry and intoxication.
During the course of the operation police found quantities of prohibited drugs discarded on the ground. The drugs were subsequently seized for destruction.
Surry Hills Local Area Commander, Superintendent Anthony Crandell said the mission of police deployed was to ensure a safe and drug-free environment.
“The majority of the 11,780 revellers were well behaved however the volume of detections is of concern.
“The consumption of prohibited drugs creates significant risks including addiction; deficiencies of judgement; changes in behaviour that can create greater vulnerability or propensity for criminal acts; together with serious consequences for health.
“We will continue to use drug detection dogs at future events to minimize risks associated with drug use and misuse”, said Superintendent Crandell.