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Police swoop on ConFest

Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.

TYLA HARRINGTON April 25, 2014 4:32am

Deniliquin Police again conducted Operation ConFest, netting 76 drug detections linked to the annual event.

Acting Inspector Ben Granger said the results showed the Easter event, ConFest, was not drug free.

ConFest was held at the property Woorooma, east of Moulamein, from Thursday last week to Tuesday this week and attracted between 5000 to 6000 people.

Act Insp Granger said the operation led to a 29 year-old French man charged and refused bail after he was allegedly caught with a large amount of the drug known as LSD on Friday.

Police stopped the man’s vehicle in Moulamein about 3pm. Police searched the vehicle and allegedly located 10.2g of what police allege to be LSD.

Police also allegedly found 184 LSD tabs in the man’s backpack. He was arrested and charged and remains in police custody.

Other drugs detected during Operation ConFest included methamphetamines, cannabis and ecstasy.

Act Insp Granger said people should expect consequences when bringing illegal drugs into the area.

‘‘We had Operation ConFest targeting drugs, road trauma and anti social behaviour,’’ he said.

‘‘Although this is supposed to be a drug-free event people are still bringing drugs to the area.

‘‘We make no exception when it comes to targeting people who choose to do this. People will be targeted, held accountable and put before the courts.’’

Police deployed 27 officers to the Easter ConFest including a drug detection dog unit, highway patrol officers and local officers.

Act Insp Granger said there were 1070 random breath tests conducted with only one mid-range drink driving charge issued.

One arrest was also made after a person allegedly returned blood and urine samples which indicated consumption of a drug other than alcohol.

A total of 140 people and 102 vehicles were searched as well as 60 dog searches.

ConFest is run by volunteers from the Down to Earth Co-Operative Society, which has been organising ConFest since 1979.

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