Two men from Sydney have been arrested in separate incidents after allegedly trying to hide drugs in Sydney Olympic Park before the venue plays host to dance music festival Stereosonic this weekend.
The Police were first called last Friday Novemeber 20th when a 21-year-old man was seen allegedly trying to drill a hole into a building to hide drugs. Being confronted by security guards in the act, the man reportedly fled the area and Police were called who later seized 10 MDMA pills from his home, as well as removing an allegedly prohibited plant.
Speaking of the man’s alleged plans, Inspector Chris Laid, of Flemington local area command, would only say that he was trying to “install something [in the building] that could conceal drugs”.
Issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice, the 21-year-old is scheduled to appear in Burwood Local Court on February 2nd for the charges of malicious damage, trespass and possessing a prohibited plant.
That’s not the end of it though as the police were called out again on Tuesday night after another 22-year-old was seen acting ‘suspiciously’ with Police searching his car and allegedly finding 95 ecstasy tablets.
Police allege that he was attempting to conceal the drugs around the venue before full preparation begins and special event fencing goes up around the site.
The 22-year-old was also issued with a Future Court Attendance Notice, scheduled to appear in Burwood Local Court on December 15th for the charge of drug supply.
Both men have been barred from Sydney Olympic Park as a condition of their bail agreement, with both liable to be arrested if they attempt to attend Stereosonic.
Inspector Laird said this isn’t the first time such attempts have been made, with police finding young festival-goers attempting similar schemes last year. The police are in turn stepping up surveillance of the area ahead of the festival.
And while Saturday is set to be one of the busiest days at the venue since the 2000 Olympics, with 150,000 people expected to attend four events – the Aus-X Open, the Short Course Swimming Championships, the Taylor Swift concert and Stereosonic – the dance music festival was always a target of police.
“We know this happens so we’ve been regularly sweeping the area with drugs dogs over the last few days to make sure we find stuff before the park is fully locked down” Laird said of the police’s singling out of the festival.
“At the end of the day, if you’re planning to take drugs in, you’ll get caught. If you’ve already secreted drugs, we’ve already found them so don’t bother turning up.”
Stereosonic is returning to a single-day format this year, and will make its way to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.