Brisbane police, both plain clothes and uniformed officers, as well as drug detection dogs, conducted patrols at yesterday’s Stereosonic concert, charging 14 people inside the Bowen Hills venue with various drug related offences.
Acting Superintendent Peter Aitken said police focused on criminal activity, such as the possession and supply of dangerous drugs, as well as prioritising the wellbeing of concert goers with a number of people referred to first aid providers under the ‘If someone doesn’t look right, they probably aren’t’ strategy.
Police operations for the event included patrols external to the venue by officers from local Criminal Investigation branches and Tactical Crime squads, with police arresting 116 people on 144 charges.
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Of these, 125 were drug related charges, with five offenders charged with the supply of dangerous drugs. Officers located between 30 and 100 MDMA pills, as well as cash, on some of those charged.
Inside the venue nine people were issued with notices to appear, or penalty infringement notices, for public nuisance offences, including two 20-year-old Noosa men who were issued penalty infringement notices after allegedly climbing onto the roof of a building.