Major police operation to target drugs at Splendour festival

POLICE are warning punters at Splendour in the Grass that they will be conducting a "high visibility operation" for the duration of the festival.

Splendour ticketholders are expected to start arriving today, with the event officially kicking off on Friday.

The police operation will involve officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, assisted by officers from across the Northern Region and the Dog Unit, Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, and Traffic and Highway Patrol.

Acting Superintendent Gary Cowan said they wanted people to enjoy the festival safely.

"Splendour in the Grass is the biggest winter music festival in Australia," he said.

"Police will be targeting illegal drug use and supply, underage drinking, alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour.

"We will take appropriate action against anyone who chooses to commit crime, breach Splendour's terms and conditions, or behave in an offensive manner."

Police have also issued a stern warning to "fence jumpers".

"The event is sold out. If you do not have a ticket, do not come," Act Supt Cowan said.

"Anyone planning to bring illegal drugs to the parklands should expect to get caught - in addition to uniformed and plain-clothes police, drug detection dogs will again be patrolling the festival.

"We do not want to see a repeat of last year.

"As a consequence of the 2014 drug-dog operation we detected 271 people in possession of prohibited drugs.

"It was disappointing to see so many people place themselves and other festival attendees in danger.

"Our primary focus will be to stop people taking illegal drugs into the festival."

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