Three teens charged with supplying drugs at Sydney music festival

Three teenagers including a 13-year-old were charged with supplying drugs at an under-18s dance festival at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday afternoon.

The trio, two aged 17 and one aged 13, were allegedly caught carrying MDMA capsules at Goodlife Lost City 2019, while a 16-year-old boy was issued a Future Court Attendance notice for drug possession, and a dozen other teens were issued youth offender cautions under the Young Offenders Act.

Crowds at the Secret Garden Music Festival.
Crowds at the Secret Garden Music Festival. CREDIT:ANNA WARR

Police are also targeting drugs at the Ultra music festival in Parramatta on Sunday, which was put on the NSW government’s new list of 14 “high risk” festivals that have either had serious drug-related illnesses or deaths or have been found to have a high risk of overdoses by police and health authorities, and will be subject to a tough new licensing scheme.

“General duty and specialist units will be patrolling the venue and targeting the supply and possession of illegal drugs,” a spokesman for NSW Police said.

As of 3pm, four people had been removed from the festival for drug-related offences.

In addition, a third person has been charged with supplying drugs at the Secret Garden Music Festival in Camden and dozens of people have been found with illegal drugs including MDMA and LSD.

A 22-year-old man from Darlington was arrested at the Camden festival on Saturday afternoon after allegedly being found with 32 LSD tablets, an MDMA capsule and three tablets believed to contain dexamphetamine.

His arrest follows that of two women, aged 27 and 32, for supplying illegal drugs, including MDMA and cocaine, on Friday.

All three have been granted bail and are due to appear in court on March 26.

More than 4000 people attended the Camden festival on Friday and Saturday, while police searched 109 vehicles and 300 people.

In addition to the arrests, there were about 65 drug detections and 22 people will need to attend court next month for allegedly possessing drugs at the festival.

A number of people were also treated by health authorities at the festival for the combined effects of drugs and alcohol.

“It’s alarming that, on average, one in 100 revellers were already detected with illegal drugs at this festival. There is no such thing as a safe party drug and revellers are putting their lives at risk,” Camden police area commander Ward Hanson said.

“Police were also supported by NSW Ambulance, NSW Health and the on-site medical provider with a number of people already treated for the combined effects of prohibited drugs and alcohol consumption.”

“We want people to enjoy the festival but we want them to do it safely.”

On Saturday night, half a dozen people were charged at the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Cessnock, with a range of charges inclduing common assault, assaulting police and failing to leave a licensed venue when asked.

“Our officers were kept busy last night with several drug and alcohol-related incidents,” Hunter Valley Police District Commander, Superintendent Chad Gillies, said.

“Police are not there to spoil people’s fun, but the behaviour of people affected by alcohol was unacceptable and a music event is not an excuse to break the law.

“In one incident, security officers refused entry to a bus with 20 patrons on arrival due to intoxication levels,” he said.

In addition, there were 44 drug detections for MDMA, cocaine and cannabis. The drugs will undergo forensic examination with charges expected to follow.

Seventeen cannabis cautions were also issued.

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