NSW: Police charge 14 people at dance party

POLICE have charged 14 people following a drug detection operation at a dance party at Rosehill Racecourse yesterday.

The dance party commenced at 3pm, at a pavilion within the racecourse on James Ruse Drive, and involved about 1200 attendees.

Officers attached to Rosehill Local Area Command, with the assistance of the Dog Unit, Police Transport Command and bicycle officers, conducted a drug detection operation during the event.


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During the course of the operation, a total of 14 people were arrested and charged, with 11 of those being for drug-related offences.

Some of the alleged offences included:

– A 31-year-old man was allegedly located with about 200 MDMA tablets on him. He was taken to Rosehill Police Station, where he was charged with supply prohibited drugs – indictable quantity. He has been granted conditional bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Monday 19 October 2015.

– A 19-year-old man was stopped by police at the event, and following a search, police allegedly located a number of bags containing white powder believed to be cocaine, and a number of pills, believed to be illicit drugs. The man was arrested and taken to Rosehill Police Station, where he was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of possess prohibited drug, deal with property suspected of being proceeds of crime. He has been granted conditional bail, to appear at Parramatta Local Court on Wednesday 21 October 2015.

– About 8.45pm, a 25-year-old man and a 20-year-old man were at the event when the older man approached the younger, and allegedly assaulted him, causing the injured man to lose consciousness. The older man was arrested and taken to Rosehill Police Station, where he has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has been granted conditional bail, to appear at Parramatta court on Wednesday 21 October 2015. The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, and later attended Blacktown Hospital for treatment to a cut to this eye and facial bruising.

The operation has once again prompted police to remind the community about the dangers of taking illicit drugs.

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