September 17, 2017

45 people charged over drugs at Sydney’s Defqon. 1

45 people charged over drugs at Sydney’s Defqon. 1

45 people were charged with drug offences at the Defqon. 1 festival in Penrith, in Sydney’s west on Saturday night. 

According to a police report, eight were for drug supply and 37 for drug possession – including a 22-year-old German national who was allegedly in possession of 396 capsules containing MDMA and amphetamine.

The unnamed man was scheduled to appear at Parramatta Bail Court yesterday (Sunday September 17) on charges of supply prohibited drug (greater than indictable quantity) and breach of bail. 

Also charged was a man who allegedly had 200 pills, and a woman who allegedly had 87 pills, in both instances believed to be MDMA. 

Eleven people were issued with cannabis cautions and one man was charged with an assault offence

Traffic and Highway Patrol Command also ran a traffic operation near the venue, conducting 450 random drug tests, six of which returned a positive result. The drivers were suspended for 24 hours and the results were sent for further testing. 

Two people were charged with drink driving and officers also issued 30 traffic infringement notices. 

The all-day event begun at 11am on Saturday at the Sydney International Regatta Centre near Penrith, and drew a crowd of 24,000.

48 acts played over four colour-coded stages – blue for Australian hard dance, magneta for tracks between 2004 and 2012, blue for raw and hardcore, and red for main stage.