NSW police arrest 36 people after festival operation at Parramatta

A man who was allegedly caught in possession of a prohibited drug and jumped a fence to escape from officers at a music festival at Parramatta yesterday, was one of 36 people arrested during the operation.

About 4.45pm (Saturday 12 January 2019), the 19-year-old man was stopped at the entrance and searched by police who allegedly found a white substance.

During a subsequent search, the man fled from officers, jumping a two-metre fence.

He was found a short time later in the Parramatta River and arrested.

The St Marys man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with escape police custody and possess prohibited drug.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Sunday 13 January 2019), where he was formally refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday 17 January 2019.

During the high-visibility police operation, two people were charged with drug supply, including a 23-year-old Hunter Valley man.

Police arrested the man from Greta at the event and, following inquiries, a search warrant was executed at a unit in Australia Avenue, Homebush.

During the search, police located and seized about 200 caps believed to contain MDMA, three bags of white powder, and eight tablets.

The man was charged with three counts of supply prohibited drug (between indictable and commercial quantity) and granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 27 February 2019.

In a separate incident, an 18-year-old woman was charged with supply prohibited drug (small quantity), after she was allegedly found in possession of 11 capsules.

The Mallabula woman was granted conditional bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 13 February 2019.

A further 27 people were issued with Field Court Attendance Notices for possess prohibited drug and five people were issued with cannabis cautions.

A 17-year-old boy was released pending further inquiries.

There is no information to suggest the drug seizures are linked to the death of the 19-year-old woman.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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