Police dogs keep grass away from the party

ACCORDING to police, the addition of sniffer dogs to this year's drug detection operation at Splendour in the Grass helped to prevent drugs entering the site.

While a detailed breakdown of drug-related arrests on and around Belongil Field during the weekend is expected to be released today, preliminary police figures released at 7pm last night confirmed around a dozen drug detections.

This included possession of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.

In a few cases police seized large quantities from individuals.

Details gathered from random breath test units and highway patrols, which were specially monitoring drink-driving around the site, are also expected to be released by police today.

Police were pleased with the overall behaviour of festival goers.

However, they were called to attend a steady stream of incidents including alleged cases of petty theft, the assault of a security guard and a physical altercation between two revellers.

Local police numbers were also boosted in Byron Bay during the weekend with reinforcements arriving from Sydney to assist with the operation of the two-day event that increased the town's population by around 17,500.

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