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Police made 173 drug-related arrests at an Australian New Year’s festival

Five people were hospitalised for drug-related health problems

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 3 January 2018
Police made 173 drug-related arrests at an Australian New Year’s festival

A police operation targeting Sydney’s Field Day Music Festival, which took place on New Year’s Day at The Domain, resulted in 173 arrests for drug related offences, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Six arrests were made for alleged intent to supply drugs, including one 22-year-old man accused of being found with 138 ecstasy pills, while a further 167 people were apprehended on possession charges over the course of the day party which ran from midday to 11pm and featured headliners such as B.Traits and Solardo.

Of the 26,000 crowd in attendance, six people were taken to hospital, five for drug-related health problems and one man for suffering a leg injury attempting to break into the festival.

Sydney is notoriously strict on electronic music parties, with the draconian lockout laws suppressing nightlife in the city in recent years. The incidents at Field Day Music Festival are unfortunately unlikely to improve the image of such events in the eyes of law, although arrests were down from the 2017 edition, which saw over 200 arrests.

[Photo credit: Anna Warr Photography]

Patrick Hinton is Mixmag's Digital Staff Writer, follow him on Twitter

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