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When police, music festivals and drugs collide

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Drugs, police and music festivals have been an issue highlighted in recent months, and an event in Coffs on the weekend saw the three collide as 12 people were charged with drug offences after a festival held last Sunday on Jordan Esplanade.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District conducted an operation and utilised a drug dog during the event which saw about 500 patrons attending the venue.

Fifty people were searched at the event with 12 arrested and charged in relation to 22 drug ofences.

A 39-year-old Lowanna woman was charged with supplying prohibited drug (x 2), and possession of prohibited drugs (x 4).

Police will allege that she had MDMA, cocaine, ketamine and LSD in her possession. She has been granted bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 29 April 2019.

A 22-year-old Brazilian man, currently residing in Queensland was charged with the possession of MDMA and cannabis.

He was bail refused, to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court yesterday.

Eight other people were issued cannabis cautions after they were detected with the drug.

Three other patrons were removed from or denied entry to the venue, due to intoxication.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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