NSW Police say that they charged two women with drug supply offenses on day one of the Secret Garden Music Festival in Camden this weekend.
The sold-out two day event ran from Friday February 22 to Saturday February 23 this year, and police and dog squads conducted a high-visibility operation on site.
Police say that on Friday, they made 40 drug detections for MDMA, cocaine and cannabis, issuing cannabis cautions to 16 festival-goers.
15 people were issued with criminal infringement notices, and 10 revelers were also issued court attendance notices for supply or possession of prohibited drugs.
Per a NSW Police media release:
[A] 27-year-old ACT woman has been charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug and two counts of possess prohibited drug after being searched and allegedly located with MDMA tablets and cocaine. She was granted conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on Thursday 28 March 2019.
A 32-year-old Croydon woman has been charged with four counts of supply prohibited drug, two counts of possess prohibited drug, and possess prescribed restricted substance. She was granted conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on Tuesday 26 March 2019.
This year marks the 11th and final Secret Garden festival, with organisers confirming the news that they’d be shutting up shop in a January statement.
“We may reappear in some other form in the future,” organisers said at the time. “But as a wise person once said, always leave a party when your still having fun.”
Yesterday, the Australian Festival Association blasted the Berejiklian government in NSW for what they described as its latest “licensing fiasco.”
A total of 14 festival operators were informed via late-night text message that their festivals had been deemed “high-risk”, and would face special new licensing conditions.
These conditions are still unknown, and festival operators blasted the state government for lack of transparency and consultation in what has come to be known as its war on festivals.