Multiple drug charges at music festival

Police have charged more than 25 people with drug offences at the Ultra Music Festival 2020 in Parramatta yesterday.

A high-visibility police operation was conducted at the music festival held in Parramatta Park between 1pm and 11pm (Saturday 7 March 2020).

The operation involved officers from the North West Metropolitan Region, as well as the NSW Police Dog Unit.

During the police operation, 26 people were charged with drug related offences, and 38 people issued Drug Criminal Infringement Notices (CINs).

Of those charged, six people were charged with drug supply;

• A 29-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable and possess prohibited drug after she was allegedly found with 28 ecstasy capsules.

• A 21-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable and possess prohibited drug after he was allegedly located with 28 ecstasy capsules.

• A 22-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable and possess prohibited drug after she was allegedly found with 7 ecstasy capsules.

• An 18-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable and possess prohibited drug after she was allegedly located with 10 ecstasy capsules.

• A 24-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug – indictable and possess prohibited drug after he was allegedly located with eight ecstasy capsules.

They were all granted bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

• A second 24-year-old man was charged with supply prohibited drug after he was allegedly found with 8 ecstasy capsules. He was granted bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Additionally;

• A 19-year-old man was charged with possess prohibited drug after he was allegedly found with 12 ecstasy capsules. He was granted bail to appear at Wednesday 22 April 2020.

• A 25-year-old man was charged with assault officer in execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty, and excluded person fail to leave premises when required after being refused entry by security due to intoxication. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 22 April 2020.

Commander, Superintendent Michael Rochester, said prohibited drugs are illegal and potentially life-threatening, especially when combined with alcohol.

“It is disappointing to see that illegal drugs continue to be detected at music festivals despite the warnings, education, diversion options and the presence of police. Festival-goers who choose to do the wrong thing can expect to be caught and dealt with accordingly,” Supt Rochester said.

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