Police sniffer dogs on the beat at Splendour in the Grass festival.
Police sniffer dogs on the beat at Splendour in the Grass festival. DAVID NIELSEN

Splendour-goer caught with drugs

A REVELLER detected with drugs at Splendour in the Grass told police he needed the four joints and five pills he was trying to smuggle in to "get in the mood for the Beautiful Girls" who might pick him up.

Samuel Lawrence Sharpen, 21, of Cannonvale in Queensland, was one of 23 people listed to appear at Byron Bay Local Court yesterday from the 421 people police detected in possession of illegal drugs at the festival.

Due to the number of offenders, the court has set aside next Friday to deal only with people caught in possession of illegal drugs at Splendour, with remaining offenders to be dealt with on September 6.

Sharpen was one of more than 12 people who were convicted yesterday by Magistrate Jeff Linden.

Fines imposed on those convicted ranged from $100 to $450.

Sharpen, who was detected with drugs by drug dog Cora, was convicted and fined $250 on two charges of possessing prohibited drugs.

Others convicted yesterday were found to be in possession of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy and speed.

Krystle O'Malley, 29, of Toowong in Queensland was convicted and fined for possessing two joints and three ecstasy pills in her wallet.

Mark Hayne, 39, of Nelson Bay was up front and told police he had two joints in his pocket when asked. He was convicted and fined $300.

Two South Australian men, who travelled to Splendour and were detected with drugs, were also convicted.

Benjamin Coppin, 28, who was found with four ecstasy tablets down his underpants, was fined $250.

Brett Thomson, 36, who was caught by drug dog Gilby with 10 illegal stimulant pills, was fined $400.

Due to the number of offenders, many matters were adjourned to courts around NSW.



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