New South Wales police have charged a number of people following this weekend’s Sydney EDM festival Defqon.1, including the arrest of one person who was found in possession of 250 pills of what is alleged to be MDMA.
The festival, held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith on Saturday 20th September, is believed to have been attended by about 19,500 people and more than 200 officers were reportedly present throughout the day.
NSW Police say that of 372 person searches that were conducted at the festival, 83 people were detected as being in possession of illegal drugs and seven of those were for drug supply offences.
About 350 people received medical treatment for drug and heat-related illnesses at the event and seven were taken to Nepean Hospital for further treatment. Last year’s event ended tragically in the death of a 23-year-old Victorian man who collapsed after ingesting three pills, with possibly more drugs in his body at the time.
Prior to the 2014 event, the NSW State Crime Command’s Drug Squad officially filed a drug warning after the discovery of a batch of light blue, Batman stamped ecstasy tablets believed to contain a dangerously level of 25c-NBOMe, a psychoactive substance that has led to multiple deaths in both Australia and overseas.
NSW police did not say whether any of those pills were detected at the weekend event. The lineup of Defqon.1 2014 included Noisecontrollers, Wildstylez, Zatox and Donkey Rollers.