63 nabbed in drug bust at Winter Sound System dance festival in Melbourne
June 14, 2010 8:05am
POLICE and their sniffer dogs have caught 63 revellers with drugs as they entered a Melbourne dance party.
The Victoria Police Passive Alert Detection (PAD) dogs worked into the early hours of the morning sniffing out drug offenders at the Winter Sound System dance festival.
An 18-year-old man was found with 750 ecstasy tablets and has been charged with drug trafficking.
A 34-year-old man was also found with a quantity of ecstasy and also faces drug trafficking charges.
The other people who were detected with drugs will be placed on drug diversion programs.
The most common substances detected by the PAD dogs were cannabis, ecstasy and amphetamine.
Melbourne Inspector Paul Pottage said police had a number of PAD dogs working as part of the ongoing effort to minimise harm caused by the use of illicit drugs.
He said police were targeting dance clubs and parties in particular where young people continued to take a variety of chemicals with no idea of their actual identity, purity or possible medical effects.
"This is just another way that Victoria Police is continuing to target illicit drug use and trafficking across Melbourne - and in a highly visible and out-there manner," Inspector Pottage said.
"Our message is clear - it's not okay to use illicit drugs at home, at a party or at a dance festival, and it is doubly stupid to ingest chemicals with no knowledge about what it actually is or who has produced it."
Inspector Pottage wants young people to think about the consequences of using illicit drugs.
He said police would continue to use PAD dogs at events, on pubic transport and in targeted areas to detect both drug users and suppliers.