Listen Out Melbourne Ends In 37 Drug Arrests

Following the seizure of a $10,000 drugs haul during last year’s festival, the 2014 instalment of Listen Out Melbourne concluded yesterday with 37 people arrested and a range of drugs seized, including ecstasy, amphetamine, cocaine, and MDMA. A sniffer dog operation was in place at the festival.

The event, now in its second year, descended on the Royal Botanic Gardens yesterday. As News Limited reports, of the 37 arrests, 31 people were issued drug diversions, while six people received cannabis cautions. Almost all offenders were aged 18 to 25, and those arrested included 31 men and six women.

“As a buyer, you really have no idea what you are putting in your body and you have no idea what it will do to you,” Divisional Response Unit Det-Sen-Sgt Mark Pilkington told the press. “It’s also concerning that despite the warnings, there are still a number of people who choose to do the wrong thing.”

Despite a growing opposition to the deployment of sniffer dog operations at music festivals, Det-Sen-Sgt Pilkington indicated that the practice would continue: “We will continue to conduct these operations at all upcoming music festivals in an attempt to minimise the harm caused by these illicit substances.”

The Sydney instalment of the popular dance and urban music festival concluded last week and saw the hospitalisation of a 29-year-old security guard, who suffered internal bleeding and a ruptured spleen after he was trampled when he was called to respond to fencejumpers who’d broken into the festival.

Listen Out is set to conclude tonight at the Brisbane Showgrounds. This year the festival boasted a lineup that featured the likes of producers Chet Faker, Four Tet, and Ta-ku, as well as rapper Schoolboy Q, and Flume’s only Australian appearances for 2014. Check out images from the event in the gallery below.

Photos: Listen Out 2014 – Melbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens 04/10/14

Photos by Aleksandar Jason

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