Over 100 caught with illicit drugs at Sydney music festival

Over 100 party goers have been caught with illicit drugs at festival in Sydney’s inner suburbs.

A high-visibility police operation took place across the event to help ensure attendees enjoyed the festival safely, including officers from the Central Metropolitan Region, Public Order and Riot Squad, Dog Unit, Mounted Unit, Licensing Police and Police Transport Command.

13 people have been charged with supplying drugs at the Listen Out Festival in Centennial Parklands at Randwick on Saturday.


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Five people were charged with deal in proceeds of crime offences; three for alleged assault and three alleged assault police offences; six people allegedly resisting police in the execution of duty; five people for hindering police; two trespass offences, seven fail to quit, and one person alleged to have produced fraudulent identification.

Three people were taken to hospital with drug related illnesses.

25,000 people kicked up their heels at Listen Out and Operation Commander, Superintendent Karen McCarthy, said police were happy with the overall behaviour of attendees.

“Most of the festival goers were able to enjoy the featured acts safely and without the dangerous effects of illicit substances or anti-social behaviour,” Superintendent McCarthy said.

“The safety and wellbeing of revellers is the number one priority of police when we conduct these operations at music festivals.

“People need to realise that high-visibility police operations are par for the course at major music festivals. If you bring illicit drugs to these events, chances are you will be caught.

“The organisers put together a well-run event and we will continue to work with them in the future to help ensure music-lovers can attend in a safe, drug-free environment,” she said.