Man busted with MDMA haul at Splendour in the Grass

A man allegedly carrying almost 60 MDMA tablets is just one of more than 100 people who were charged with drug offences at this year’s Splendour in the Grass music festival.

The annual festival wrapped up overnight, with a four-day high-visibility police operation netting 115 people on 148 drug offences.

Police said one of the festival-goers charged was a 25-year-old man who was allegedly found in possession of 57 MDMA tablets and cash. He was charged with possess prohibited drug, supply prohibited drug and deal with proceeds of crime.


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A 42-year-old man was also charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and trespass after allegedly threatening a security guard with a plank of wood, before kicking him just before 11pm on Saturday.

Byron Police District Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling said despite the good behaviour of the majority of festival-goers, there were still people who tried to bring illegal drugs into the event.

“It’s disappointing we continue to detect the possession and supply of prohibited drugs,” Supt Starling said.

“Not only is it a serious criminal offence, it is also harmful to your health and you simply do not know what you are taking.”

Police say detectives are also continuing investigations into the alleged sexual assault of an 18-year-old woman.

The alleged incident is understood to have happened about 11pm on Sunday.

There are no further details available at this time.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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