Yesterday, it was reported that a man had been arrested and charged with two counts of supplying a prohibited drug, in connection with the death of 25-year-old Slyvia Choi at last weekend’s Stereosonic festival in Sydney.
Overnight, NSW Police released details of a group chat in which the drug purchase was discussed, and which involved 25-year-old Daniel Dung Huynh, the Punchbowl man who now faces charges.
Police say that Huynh communicated with Choi, her boyfriend Sam Song, and several others, in a group chat called ‘Bulk4Stereonickkk‘ in the days leading up to Choi’s death.
It is alleged that Choi and Song both transferred $120 to Huynh, so each could purchase one clear capsule of MDMA, and another tablet, also containing MDMA, that was yellow in colour and imprinted with the Snapchat logo.
Per reports in Fairfax, Huynh referred to the tablets as ‘Yellow Snapchats’, and gave instructions on how to take them and what to do if questioned by police:
“About 200-250mg in concentration. Its suggested all over the net to take half. Then the other half and hr later. Btw if ever caught and brought into questioning by cops and u don’t have anything on you Deny deny deny and say it must have been the weird mirky water you drank from a random.”
Song allegedly picked up half the drugs from an address in Punchbowl two days later; police say that the rest were exchanged at a meeting between Song, Hyunh and Choi at an Outback Steakhouse restaurant in North Strathfield.
Police have heard that, on Saturday November 28, Choi told her boyfriend “I took it” at around 5.15pm. Half an hour later, she told Song “I’m not feeling my high”; he also claims to have seen Choi swigging from a water bottle with “stuff in it”.
Choi was having difficulty standing at 8.40pm, and by 10.20pm, was declared dead at Concord Hospital.
Earlier this week, the organisers of Rainbow Serpent Festival said that they would like to employ pill-testing services at next year’s event, and asked the government to approve this.
Adriana Buccianti, whose son died following Rainbow Serpent 2012, has started a petition asking the Queensland government to allow pill-testing service, saying:
“The ‘pill-testing’ services tell people exactly what substance they would be about to take – and it’s helping stop deaths. The Queensland Government are considering it, but too many kids are dying and it’s not yet policy.
I’m pleading: please help me stop more young people dying at festivals this summer. Introduce drug-checking services.”
We previously spoke to Unharm Australia director Will Tregoning, who explained how Australian policy-makers need to change their attitudes towards drugs. ICYMI:
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