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Dogs sniff out dopes

HUNDREDS of people attempted to smuggle illegal drugs in to Splendour in the Grass on the weekend, despite the well publicised presence of police sniffer dogs.

About 35,000 music lovers attended the annual Byron Bay festival, with police alleging 209 of those were found in possession of illegal substances.

According to Sergeant Jack Keough, of Tweed/Byron police, most of the drugs were ecstasy, with some marijuana and cocaine also discovered.

The number of people found with drugs was up on last year, Sgt Keough said.

One 30-year-old Lismore man was allegedly caught carrying 80 ecstasy pills and will face Byron Bay Local Court on a charge of supplying a prohibited drug and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on September 11.

A number of people were also arrested for alcohol-related and street offences in Byron Bay's town centre over the weekend.

Motorists also attempted to run the gauntlet of police patrols as they drove to the rock and roll festival.

Sgt Keogh said 27 drink drivers were caught from 3167 random breath tests.

Another 23 motorists were caught driving under the influence of drugs.

Sgt Keogh admitted it was a fairly difficult situation for the courts to deal with the glut of offenders and court dates were spread between August 21 and September 11.



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