Qld man’s drug haul shocks police at Splendour

A QUEENSLAND man has allegedly been busted with more than 220 MDMA tablets, cocaine and cannabis at Splendour in the Grass.

The 21-year-old was one of more than 200 people charged with drug offences at the popular Byron Bay music festival this year.

It comes following a four-day high visibility police operation, which saw officers seize more than 2.8kg of illicit drugs at the event.


It’s understood police arrested the young Queensland man after finding his stash inside a car at the festival campgrounds.

He has been charged with supply prohibited drug and possess prohibited drug, and is due to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 5 August.

Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said that whilst he was pleased with overall crowd behaviour, he was disappointed people still aren’t getting the message about bringing illegal drugs.

“This year, a record amount of prohibited drugs was seized at Splendour in the Grass – it’s disappointing that despite the warnings, we continue to detect the possession and supply of these illicit substances,” he said.

“Not only is it a serious criminal offence, it is also harmful to your health; it can impact not only your life, but the lives of those around you.”

A record 42,000 party-goers attended this year’s Splendour in the Grass music festival at the North Byron Parklands.