Australia Man, 20, arrested after car allegedly found loaded with drugs headed for schoolies
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One man has been arrested and another is on the run after police intercepted a car allegedly loaded with drugs believed to be headed for schoolies celebrations along Victoria's Surf Coast.
Local police based in Lorne, 150 kilometres south-west of Melbourne on the Great Ocean Road, were patrolling the streets in the early hours of Monday when they saw the driver of a red Hyundai acting suspiciously.
Police intercepted the car on Charles Street about 1am. A passenger got out of the car and ran from the scene.
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The driver, a 20-year-old man from nearby Anglesea, remained at the scene and was arrested.
Police praise 'very good schoolies' after fewer arrests on Gold Coast
Across the weekend, 12 school-leavers were arrested, mostly for drug possession, but one schoolie was allegedly carrying a knife.Across the weekend, 12 school-leavers were arrested, mostly for drug possession offences, while one schoolie was arrested for allegedly carrying a knife.
Officers searched the car and allegedly found a significant quantity of methamphetamine, ketamine, cannabis, a number of deal bags and a large amount of cash.
Police say they suspect the drugs were destined to be sold to school leavers celebrating in Lorne.
The driver was being interviewed by police on Monday morning and is expected to be charged.
Lorne and Torquay have become popular destinations for teens celebrating the end of school, with thousands estimated to have descended on the popular seaside tourist destinations.
Schoolies week officially started on the Surf Coast on Saturday and ends on December 8.
On Friday ahead of the start of celebrations, police said they were continuing to see a number of school leavers involved in dangerous behaviour.
"We will be boosting patrols along foreshores, in and around licensed venues and accommodation sites to target alcohol-fuelled violence, drug offences and anti-social behaviour," said Acting Commander Murray Fraser.
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Police last year praised the behaviour of schoolies participants on the Surf Coast, however violent incidents on the Mornington Peninsula saw local police clash with intoxicated partygoers in Rye.
Schoolies set off flares and brawled at the Rye foreshore, throwing bottles at police. The partygoers were doused with capsicum spray as they were confronted by members of the dog squad and Public Order Response Team.
Nine people were arrested in relation to riotous behaviour, possessing drugs, possessing liquor and being drunk in a public place.
Locals said it it had been the worst schoolies they had ever seen in the area.
This year, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council announced an increase in services for locals, and have partnered with schoolies support services including Red Frogs.
A section of the foreshore has also become a designated zone solely for school leavers between November 23 and November 30. There have been no high-profile incidents in the area this year.
Police have also been happy with the behaviour of school leavers in Queensland after seeing no violent attacks and about half the number of arrests than the previous year.
Tragic final social media post from a Schoolie who fell to his death from the balcony of a high-rise balcony on the Gold Coast is revealed .
Charlie Scott, an 18-year-old from Victoria, was celebrating the end of school with friends on the Gold Coast when he fell from the Hilton Hotel early on Friday morning. Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious and was a 'self-harm incident'. At 2am, just 30 minutes before his body was found in a food court adjoining the hotel, Charlie sent a Snapchat out to his friends which read 'goodbye'. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
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