Superintendent Gary Cowan, said he was pleased the majority of festival-goers heeded police warnings and enjoyed a safe weekend.
Superintendent Gary Cowan, said he was pleased the majority of festival-goers heeded police warnings and enjoyed a safe weekend. Nolan Verheij-Full

Police praise festival-goers despite 92 on drug charges

PUNTERS have been praised for their behaviour at Splendour in the Grass despite 92 people facing drug charges and police seizing 468 grams of illicit substances.

Tweed Byron Local Area Commander, acting Superintendent Gary Cowan, said he was pleased the majority of festival-goers heeded police warnings and enjoyed a safe weekend.

"Police work closely with Splendour organisers to ensure the festival is safe and fun, and we are pleased the overwhelming majority of revellers were well-behaved all weekend," he said.

"I am disappointed there were still some people who ignored our advice and tried to bring illegal drugs past the drug-detection dogs and through the gates.

"We arrested a number of people with large amounts of drugs and, in court; we will allege these people were planning to sell the drugs inside the festival."

Supt Cowan said paramedics and doctors at the festival treated a number of patients for a range of injuries; alcohol and drugs played a significant role in many of these incidents.

He said police conducted a five-day high visibility policing operation to ensure a safe event and minimise the impact on the local community.

Tweed Byron police were assisted by officers from across Northern Region, the Dog Unit, Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Mounted Unit, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Police Transport Command.

Supt Cowan said as a result of the drug dog operation police issued 75 cannabis cautions and 92 court attendance notices.

On Thursday, a police drug dog indicated a scent around a blue Holden station wagon which was searched by officers who seized seven MDMA (ecstasy) tablets, 3.4 grams of cannabis and 53 capsules containing magic mushrooms.

A 19-year-old man is expected to be charged.

On Friday a 21-year-old woman was granted conditional bail after allegedly being found with 123 tablets of MDMA and a re-sealable bag of cocaine.

Also on Friday a 19-year-old man was charged with supplying drugs after allegedly being caught with what police believe to be 92 MDMA tablets, 26 LSD tabs and 35 grams of cannabis.

Then on Sunday when two 18-year-old men were stopped and searched officers allegedly found a tin with 398 cardboard squares in plastic bags, believed to be LSD tabs.

Both men were charged and refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday.



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