Drug bust at Splendour before first note is struck

POLICE seized more than 500 grams of illegal drugs at the annual Splendour in the Grass music festival yesterday even before a band hit the stage.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command duty officer Acting Inspector Bill Darnell said at 11.35 am a vehicle approached campground gates at the North Byron Parklands festival site.

"A 21-year-old man who was a passenger in a white hiace van that was stopped at the gate jumped out of the passenger seat and began to walk away," he said.

Insp Darnell said a police dog indicated reason to search the man and he was allegedly found to be in possession of more than 100 ecstasy tablets.

The man was charged with deemed supply of a prohibited drug and granted conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court in September.

Insp Darnell said more than 60 people were detected with illegal drugs on the first day of the festival.

"On the first day there was over 60 drug detections resulting in more than 500 grams of drugs being seized."Insp Darnell said police issued 34 cannabis cautions and 23 court summons for alleged drug offences.

Splendour in the Grass continues at the North Byron Parklands festival site at Yelgun until Monday.

A large contingent of police will patrol the festival looking for drugs, anti-social and alcohol related behaviour until Monday.



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