Australia Illicit drugs found in one in four cars inspected heading to music festival

02:18  09 december  2019
02:18  09 december  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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a group of people in a room: The Wild Horses music festival in Marysville is restricted to 1000 attendees.© Wild Horses website The Wild Horses music festival in Marysville is restricted to 1000 attendees.

Drugs were found in one in four cars inspected by police headed to an electronic music festival in the Yarra Valley over the weekend.

Two people were taken to hospital after suffering suspected overdoses at the three-day Wild Horses festival, while police processed more than 60 people for drug-related offences.

About 1000 revellers attended the event, which took place between Friday and Sunday in Marysville, about 100 kilometres north-east of Melbourne.

The two suspected overdoses occurred on Saturday and Sunday morning.

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A man in his 20s was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital just before 4am on Saturday.

A woman, believed to also be in her 20s, was taken to Maroondah Hospital just before 3am on Sunday.

A police operation at the nearby Lake Mountain Road found illicit drugs – including cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and speed – in a quarter of the 340 cars that were checked.

Police say a total of 60 festival-goers were found in possession of drugs and three drivers were found to have drugs in their system.

Five people were charged with trafficking a drug of dependence, including a 26-year-old Preston woman, a 40-year-old Brunswick man, a 26-year-old from Diamond Creek and two men, aged 20 and 21, from Mickleham.

They were all bailed to appear at the Benalla Magistrates' Court in March 2020.

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Twenty people were charged with road traffic offences and four cars were found to not be roadworthy.

The festival's website does not include a mention of illicit drugs. In its section on prohibited items, it lists dogs and gas.

On December 1, a 24-year-old Shepparton man died at the Strawberry Fields music festival just north of the Victorian border after medical staff were told he had taken cocaine, GHB and MDMA.

Senior Sergeant Mark Hesse said people needed to be aware of the penalties associated with drug possession and trafficking.

"There is this idea with some people that taking drugs enhances their day out, but in reality, they are potentially putting the health and safety of themselves and others at risk," he said.

"No matter how well you think they are concealed, you will be caught."

The organisers of the Wild Horses music festival have been contacted for comment.

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Last month, Melbourne lord mayor Sally Capp backed a pill-testing trial in the city despite Premier Daniel Andrews reiterating the state government's opposition to the proposal.

"I do not endorse anyone taking illicit drugs – but in the face of evidence that people are taking these drugs we simply cannot stick our heads in the sand," Cr Capp said.

Mr Andrews resisted a shift in policy on drug testing ahead of the summer festival season.

"I would respectfully point out that the government has a policy and we won't be changing our policy," Mr Andrews said in November.

Also last month, the paramedics union put forward a proposal to introduce "back of house" pill testing at festivals.

Under the proposal from the Victorian Ambulance Union, drugs confiscated by police would be tested on-site and punters would be alerted in real time if a dodgy drug is found.

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