A man allegedly carrying almost 60 MDMA tablets is one of more than 100 people charged with drug offences at the annual Splendour in the Grass music festival.
A high-visibility police operation commenced at the North Byron Parklands last Thursday (19 July 2018), to ensure the safety of the 37,000 festival goers and event staff and performers.
It involved officers from Tweed/Byron Police District, assisted by general duties officers from across Northern Region, as well as the Dog Unit, Mounted Unit, Operations Support Group, Public Order and Riot Squad and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
During the operation, 115 people were issued Field Court Attendance Notices for 148 drug offences, including two people charged with supplying a prohibited drug.
Of note, a 25-year-old man was allegedly found in possession of 57 MDMA tablets and cash. He was charged with possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug and deal with proceeds of crime. He was refused bail to face Tweed Heads Local Court today (Monday 23 July 2018).
A 42-year-old man was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and trespass after allegedly threatening a security guard with a plank of wood, before kicking him just before 11pm on Saturday (21 July 2018). The man is due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on 11 September 2018.
Police also issued 38 cannabis cautions and five youth cautions.
Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling said despite the good behaviour of the majority of festival-goers, there were still people who tried to bring illegal drugs into the event.
“It’s disappointing we continue to detect the possession and supply of prohibited drugs,” Supt Starling said.
“Not only is it a serious criminal offence, it is also harmful to your health and you simply do not know what you are taking.
“The safety of music fans attending the festival is and continues to be our number one priority.”
Investigations are also continuing into the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman about 11pm yesterday (Sunday 22 July 2018).
Meanwhile, police are urging people commencing their journey home to travel safely on the roads.
“With thousands of festival goers leaving today, allow extra travel time, expect delays and make sure you take regular rest breaks,” Supt Starling said.
“Our Traffic and Highway Patrol officers will be cracking down on motorists who refuse to obey the road rules.”