POLICE have seized more than 3500 ecstasy pills – 1600 from one woman alone – and charged 13 alleged drug dealers at a music festival in Sydney.
Officers walked through the Midnight Mafia Music Festival at Sydney Showground armed with drug dogs on Saturday night.
Of the 14,000 people who attended the event, 187 were searched resulting in the seizure of more than 3,500 MDMA capsules.
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Thirteen people were arrested and charged with drug supply, while a further 32 were given court notices for drug possession.
Among those charged was a 21-year-old woman who was allegedly found carrying 1600 tablets and a stash of cocaine.
A second 21-year-old woman was also allegedly found with almost 550 pills, while a 19-year-old woman was busted with 200 caps.
During the event, 256 people sought medical treatment with three people taken to hospital for drug-related issues.
Commander of the South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, Detective Chief Inspector Gus Viera, said he is “greatly concerned” with the large number of pills seized.
“We saw more drugs seized today than recent events, one of the largest we’ve seen, which clearly shows our messaging is not getting through,” he said.
“I am extremely disappointed with these results; however, we will continue to conduct these operations at upcoming festivals throughout the year.
“Those intent on bringing illicit drugs into these events will be caught, charged and put before the courts.”