Thousands of school leavers began arriving on the Gold Coast last night with many more expected to arrive today as the traditional Schoolies Week celebrations officially begins tonight, Queensland Police say.
Queensland Police will today be monitoring the influx of teenagers arriving and booking into their accommodation.
Overnight there was one 17-year-old male Schoolie arrested on The Esplanade in Surfers Paradise around 11.30pm after police allegedly located a small amount of tablets believed to be MDMA and a sum of cash on his person.
He has been charged with four drug related offences including possess dangerous drug, possess property used in connection (with drugs) and possess proceeds.
There were 12 people arrested on 23 charges which were non-schoolies.
The majority of the non-schoolies arrested related to public nuisance and drug possession offences.
It is a timely reminder to the community that the possession and consumption of drugs is illegal. Not only is it illegal but it is also dangerous and could have fatal consequences.
Police will not hesitate to take enforcement action against anyone found in possession of, supplying, trafficking or producing dangerous drugs.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.