22 yo man dead after taking unknown substance at music festival

A 22-year-old man has died after taking an unknown substance at a music festival near Gosford, New South Wales yesterday.

The man and two other people were taken to Gosford Hospital around 8pm last night, though the 22-year-old died a short time later.

The other two, a man and a woman, remain in hospital in a stable condition.


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The three became sick after taking the substance at the Lost Paradise Music Festival at Glenworth Valley, just 20km west of Gosford.

184 people and 97 vehicles have been searched during the police drug dog operation at the festival, resulting in 3 drug supply offences, seven cannabis cautions and 50 Field Court Attendance Notices.

The police operation will continue on site, and inquiries into the death of the man are ongoing.

Meantime, two of the three people charged with drug supply will appear in court next month, while the other will wait until February. Details of the charges below from Police.

  • A 21-year-old man from Drummoyne has been charged after allegedly being found with 105 MDMA pills. He has been charged with supply a prohibited drug (indictable quantity), and possess prescribed prohibited substance. Due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Friday 18 January 2019.
  • A 23-year-old man from Elanora Heights was allegedly caught with 80 MDMA pills and 65 bags of cocaine. He was also charged with supply a prohibited drug (indictable quantity). Due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Friday 18 January 2019.
  • A 23-year-old man from Glendale was allegedly detected with 26 MDMA pills and was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for supply a prohibited drug. He is due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 5 February 2019.

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