Police are worried about the number of drug detections following an operation at the EarthCore Festival in Western Sydney.
The festival was held at the Western Sydney Parklands on Saturday and attracted a crowd of approximately 2100 people.
Officers from Fairfield Local Area Command, the South West Regional Enforcement Squad and the Dog Squad monitored the behaviour of festival goers throughout the day.
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The police operation targeted anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol offences and public safety.
During the operation, a number of people were allegedly detected with drugs in their possession.
Three people were charged with supplying a prohibited drug (Cannabis and Ecstasy), whilst six were charged with drug possession and a further seven people were issued a cannabis caution.
About 5pm, emergency services attached to the operation, treated a 22-year-old man for a suspected overdose. He was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
About 9pm, a 24-year-old woman was being ejected from the event when she allegedly bit a police officer and kicked another in the face. The woman was taken to Fairfield Police Station where she was charged with assaulting police resulting in actual bodily harm.
The male Senior Constable was taken to Fairfield Hospital and released after treatment.
Fairfield Local Area Commander, Superintendent Peter Lennon said that police are alarmed with the large number of drug offences at the event,
“The majority of the festival goers were well behaved and supported police efforts in making the event safer. However, a small number choose to break the law, and attempt to bring illegal drugs into the event, which is disappointing.”
“We are frustrated with the actions of several festival attendees, who despite all the warnings, attempted to bring illegal drugs into the event.”
“Not only are these substances illegal but they can have dangerous, even deadly consequences,” said Superintendent Lennon.