A teenager has died of a suspected drug overdose and 78 people have been arrested for drug offences following Sydney’s Harbourlife dance festival.
The Sydney Morning Herald report that police and paramedics were called to the festival venue, on Sydney Harbour, at around, 4.40pm Saturday afternoon.
Punters had raised the alarm about an unconscious woman. The unnamed 19-year-old, from the suburb of Longueville, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, but later died.
In all, 78 people from the 5000-strong crowd were arrested for drug offenses.
Police inspector Stewart Legatt later issued a statement, saying that there is “little to no” quality control in the production of illicit drugs, and warning potential drug-takers that “you don’t know what you are getting.”
“Seeking a synthetic high, could result in a serious injury or death,” he said. “If you know of a business or person who may be involved in the sale of illegal synthetic substances, please contact Crime Stoppers immediately.”
“We don’t need to know who you are; all we need is the information you have. The information you provide could save someone’s life.”
NSW police have been cracking down on drugs at music festivals this year. 83 drug arrests were made at the Defqon.1 hard dance festival in September, while July’s Splendour In The Grass saw more than a kilo of illicit substances seized.
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