Police have been disappointed by the amount of people found with prohibited drugs during an operation at a music and arts festival held in Wee Jasper over the weekend.
The Dragon Dreaming Music Festival was held at Wee Jasper between Friday and Monday.
Police from The Hume and Monaro Local Area Command’s conducted a four-day high visibility operation at the festival to target anti-social behaviour and ensure a safe event for all participants.
During the festival, which attracted a crowd of about 2,500 people, 18 police monitored festival goers and were supported by two drug detection dogs.
A total of 74 people were found in possession of drugs including cannabis, ecstasy, heroin, Ice and magic mushrooms. Two people were arrested for drug supply, and numerous others for drug possession.
On Sunday, police ran a drug-driving operation targeting motorists leaving the festival.
Twelve motorists underwent random drug tests with two people being arrested after allegedly testing positive to prohibited drugs. Their samples have been sent for further analysis.
Inspector Evan Quarmby from The Hume Local Area Command said for the size of the crowd it was disappointing to see so many people caught with prohibited drugs.
“Police were kept busy during the festival with 17 people found with prohibited drugs in the first two hours of the operation.
“To end up with 74 drug detections is a major concern and police will work closely with festival organisers to ensure future events are safe for everyone attending.
“The efforts of police in detecting these drugs are highly commendable but we need people attending these events to think about the dangers and conduct themselves responsibly and within the law,” Insp Quarmby said.