20 people face drug charges following the first day of the Subsonic Music Festival.
Officers, including the Dog Unit, arrived at the festival at Riverwood Downs, about 26km north east of Dungog, between 6pm and midnight on Friday.
During the operation, police arrested and charged 17 people who were allegedly found in possession of various illicit drugs including amphetamines, LSD, Ketamine, cannabis and ecstasy.
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Three people were also charged with supplying a prohibited drug, and one person was charged after being found in possession of a laser pointer.
Of note, a 30-year-old Erskineville man was stopped and searched, and police will allege they located LSD on him.
The man was arrested and taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station, where he was charged with deemed supply of an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug. He was granted bail and will appear at Raymond Terrace Local Court on 9 January 2017.
Superintendent Chris Craner, Commander of Port Stephens Local Area Command, said it was disappointing festival goers were still breaking the law and continuing to put lives at risk by supplying and consuming illicit drugs.
“Police are disappointed and shocked with the number of people carrying drugs and personally putting their own health and the health of others at risk,” Superintendent Craner said.
“Consuming a prohibited drug is extremely dangerous – you don’t know what is in the drug, how and where it has been manufactured, or what effects it can have on your body.
“Port Stephens Local Area Command officers will continue to arrest people in possession of or supplying prohibited drugs at these events.
“The illegal activities at these events will put the future of any such event in this area in serious jeopardy,” he said.