Police nab 323 people with drugs at Splendour

ABOVE: Splendour patrons walk past a drug detection dog at the festival entrance.
ABOVE: Splendour patrons walk past a drug detection dog at the festival entrance. Marc Stapelberg

MORE than 300 drug detections at Splendour in the Grass has left police concerned about the safety of revellers at such festivals.

Tweed Byron Local Area Commander Detective Superintendent Wayne Starling said police detected 323 people at Splendour allegedly carrying drugs.

Supt Starling said there was a wonderful atmosphere at Splendour on Friday, with 36,000 mostly well-behaved revellers enjoying the great music on offer.

"I can't understand why people can't go out and have a good time with great music in a great atmosphere without taking drugs ... why do they need it?" he said.

"While the drug legislation is in place we will continue enforce it and people will be locked up in accordance with the law."

Supt Starling said he would also be talking with festival organisers, Roads and Maritime Services and Byron Shire Council about traffic management issues.

The police provided a breakdown of drug and other incidents: 323 people allegedly detected with drugs; more than 880 grams of illegal drugs seized; 111 people allegedly detected with cannabis; and five people charged with drug supply.

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