More than 60 people were processed for drug related offences during a police operation which took place in the surrounding areas of the Wild Horses Music Festival in Marysville on the weekend.
The operation, which ran for three days along Lake Mountain Road, detected:
• 60 people for drug possession
• 3 drivers with drugs in their system
• 20 traffic offences
• 4 unroadworthy vehicles, and
• 2 people medically evacuated as a result of drug over doses
Senior Sergeant Mark Hesse said the results showed that one in four cars that were checked by police as part of the operation uncovered illicit drugs.
He said people needed to be aware of the heavy penalties associated with drug possession and trafficking.
“If you choose to attend a festival in possession of illicit drugs, you will be detected,” S/Sgt Hesse said.
“No matter how well you think they are concealed, you will be caught.”
Sen Sgt Hesse said the drugs seized as part of the weekend operation included ecstasy tablets, cocaine, speed and cannabis.
“Most people attend the events to enjoy the music and have a good time,” he said.
“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.”
Victoria Police runs operations at many music festivals and other types of events throughout the state each year.