Several people have been arrested at a popular New Year’s event as cops cracked down hard on illegal drug possession.
NSW police have arrested and charged 85 people with drug-related offences at Sydney’s Field Day music festival on New Year’s Day.
A police operation targeting “anti-social behaviour, alcohol-related crime, and illegal drug use” was deployed at the Domain in the inner city, including several sniffer dogs.
Police detected and seize MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin (mushrooms), LSD, cocaine and cannabis. Over 80 attendees were arrested for possession and two for supply.
One of the drug supply charges was placed on a 22-year-old man who was allegedly found with 50 capsules of MDMA.
Police allege the man “struggled with police” as he was being searched, causing a senior constable minor injuries.
Roughly 12,000 people attended the annual New Year’s Day festival, headlined by electronic dance act Peking Duk, DJ Anna Lunoe and Brisbane singer Mallrat.
The festival, which as previously hosted several international acts like Alt-J, Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper, has had to severely downsize with an Australian-only line-up due to Covid-19.