NSW Police say that they have arrested 77 people for various drug offences and caught many more driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol following the Defqon.1 dance festival, held in Penrith on Saturday.
The festival drew a crowd of 24,500 people, and there was a heavy police presence at the Sydney International Rowing Centre all day, with officers and sniffer dogs patrolling.
Per a NSW Police press release, the extensive operation on-site primarily targeted “anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol offences and public safety.”
Officers carried out a number of searches on individuals, and made 77 detections. Of those, six currently face charges of supplying a prohibited drug.
Police also say that they conducted 630 random breath tests during the festival, with eight people charged with drink driving, and 44 returning positive results for driving under the influence of drugs.
Upwards of 200 people received medical treatment for drug and heat-related illnesses through the day of the festival, and six of these were taken to Nepean Hospital for further treatment.
Source: NSW Police.