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65 People Charged At Dance Party In Suburban Sydney

Sixty-five people have been charged and three people admitted to hospital after a dance party at Sydney Olympic Park overnight.

More than 12,700 people attended ‘The State of Trance’ 18+ dance party, held between 9pm yesterday (Saturday 21 April 2018), and 5am today (Sunday 22 April 2018).

An operation was conducted involving police from the South West Metropolitan Region, with assistance from the Dog Unit.

During the operation, eight people were charged for supplying drugs, most being MDMA.

This included a 20-year-old man who police will allege was found with 150 caps of MDMA, 26 ecstasy tablets and eight grams of cocaine.

A 19-year-old man was charged with drug supply after allegedly being found with 120 MDMA caps while a 23-year-old woman has been charged with drug supply after allegedly found with 47 MDMA caps; they are both due in Burwood Local Court on May 10.

Police also charged 55 people with drug possession.

On-site medical staff treated 45 people with three men, aged between 18 and 22, being admitted to Concord Hospital with suspected drug overdoses. They are reported to be in a stable condition.

Commander of the South West Metropolitan Region Enforcement Squad, Detective Inspector Gus Viera, says the results of the overnight operation were alarming.

“It never ceases to amaze me how many people ignore all the warnings – not only health warnings but the awareness that there will be a high-visibility police operation – then choose to carry illegal drugs into the venue,” Det Insp Viera said.

“We’ve detected dozens of young people carrying substances which could not only result in a criminal charge but – if taken – could be life-threatening.

“We have police at all entry points checking for illicit substances, we have drug detection dogs conducting sweeps of the area, yet people still think they can bring drugs into these functions without being stopped.

“Poor choices can have serious consequences and we urge all people attending these functions to party safely, look after your friends, and don’t risk your health or your good reputation,” Det Insp Viera said.

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