BUSH RAVE RAID

Po­lice seized ec­stasy and syn­thetic cannabis from par­ty­go­ers at­tend­ing an “il­le­gal bush rave” of more than 200 peo­ple near Nar­ro­gin, in a rou­tine traf­fic op­er­a­tion.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Tim Edmunds

Po­lice have seized ec­stasy and syn­thetic cannabis from party-go­ers at­tend­ing an “il­le­gal bush rave” of more than 200 peo­ple near Nar­ro­gin as part of a rou­tine traf­fic op­er­a­tion.

The Satur­day night op­er­a­tion on the nor­mally quiet Wearne Road in the Youral­ing State For­rest, 100km south of Perth on Septem­ber 15, led to the seizure of 47 tablets be­lieved to be MDMA, syn­thetic cannabis, cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia.

Po­lice say in­quiries into the pos­ses­sion of the 47 ec­stasy tablets with in­tent to sell or sup­ply are on­go­ing, along with the un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of med­i­ca­tion with in­tent to sell or sup­ply.

Two in­ci­dents in which syn­thetic cannabis was seized are also set to be an­a­lysed.

As well as con­duct­ing 54 ran­dom breath tests, five of the 13 drivers drug-tested re­turned pos­i­tive tests for cannabis or metham­phetamine. The op­er­a­tion lasted eight hours from 6pm-2am and in­cluded of­fi­cers from Wagin, Pin­gelly and Nar­ro­gin.

Five peo­ple were charged with pos­sess­ing cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia, 16 mi­nor cannabis and drug para­pher­na­lia pos­ses­sion of­fences led to cannabis in­ter­ven­tion re­quire­ments be­ing is­sued, and a ju­ve­nile was also cau­tioned for the pos­ses­sion of MDMA.

Po­lice say they be­came aware of the “il­le­gal bush rave” at the con­clu­sion of the op­er­a­tion and the high vol­ume of traf­fic was a re­sult of the rave in the for­est area.

A Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions spokesper­son said while the rave was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, it was of­ten dif­fi­cult to iden­tify the or­gan­is­ers.

“If the depart­ment is able to iden­tify the or­gan­is­ers, they may face fines or pros­e­cu­tion un­der the Con­ser­va­tion and Land Man­age­ment Act 1984 and as­so­ci­ated reg­u­la­tions,” the spokesper­son said.

“DBCA is aware that from time to time events such as this have oc­curred in iso­lated ar­eas of State for­est.

“DBCA is of­ten left with the task of clean­ing up af­ter these events.”

DBCA is of­ten left with the task of clean­ing up af­ter these events. Depart­ment spokesper­son

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Po­lice seized drugs from drivers and pas­sen­gers.

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