Ce­ment dust and talc sold as ‘drugs’ at mu­sic fes­ti­val

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A FES­TI­VAL drugs amnesty found that ce­ment dust and talcum pow­der were among the sub­stances ac­tu­ally be­ing sold to un­sus­pect­ing rev­ellers.

The po­lice held the amnesty at Gottwood Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, near Holy­head, this week­end as part of a drive to pre­vent drug-re­lated fa­tal­i­ties which have been seen this year at other fes­ti­vals in the UK.

They said the dis­cov­ery of such sub­stances in the sur­ren­dered “drugs” showed deal­ers were only driven by profit.

It comes as the force said the elec­tronic mu­sic fes­ti­val went off largely with­out in­ci­dent.

North Wales Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Mark Arm­strong said: “Over­all, I am very pleased with the polic­ing and se­cu­rity oper­a­tion that en­sured the safety of all those at­tend­ing this year’s Gottwood fes­ti­val.

“Our fo­cus was to en­sure ev­ery­one stayed safe and en­joy­ing the event and our polic­ing style and ap­proach was planned and car­ried out with that in mind.

“The drugs Amnesty bins in­stalled on site had de­posits of Ke­tamine and MDMA in par­tic­u­lar, but at very low lev­els.”

He said the dis­cov­ery of what was ac­tu­ally in some of what was be­ing sold was shock­ing.

Chief In­spec­tor Arm­strong said: “In­ter­est­ingly but alarm- Llangefni project has created more than a dozen lo­cal ap­pren­tice­ships in var­i­ous con­struc­tion trades and strength­ened lo­cally-based build­ing sup­plies com­pa­nies. These in­clude all the con­crete block­work which has come from Mona Pre­cast in Gaerwen, while the tim­ber joists have been sup­plied by Huws Gray in Llangefni.

An­wyl Con­struc­tion Di­rec­tor Tom An­wyl, who heads up the com­pany’s Con­tracts Di­vi­sion, said: “Hafan Cefni is a ma­jor build which is im­por­tant not just for us but also for the lo­cal build­ing in­dus­try and the re­gional econ­omy.

“It demon­strates that, here in An­gle­sey and Gwynedd, we have the skills and proven track record to de­liver projects which are var­ied and present dif­fer­ent chal­lenges. We share a com­mit­ment with our clients, Pen­naf, and An­gle­sey Coun­cil that these con­tracts should mean jobs, work and ap­pren­tice­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties across the re­gion.”

At Hafan Cefni there are 63 self-con­tained apart­ments as well as a restau­rant, laun­dry ser­vices, ac­tiv­ity rooms, staff of­fices, a mo­bil­ity buggy-store and car park­ing. in­gly we also had sub­stances de­posited that peo­ple had bought be­liev­ing them to be drugs that were ac­tu­ally things like talcum pow­der or ce­ment dust.

“The fact un­scrupu­lous deal­ers would sell some­one pure talcum pow­der or any­thing else pur­port­ing it to be a drug is a clear sign they are driven by profit only and have no re­gard for ‘users’ safety.

“If in­gested it could cause se­ri­ous harm.

“How­ever, the amount of drugs handed in has been very low level.

“When fes­ti­val-go­ers see the pres­ence of a drugs dog, and re­alise they are go­ing to be searched, then I think they don’t even try.”

The of­fi­cer added that there was some con­cern about the cir­cu­la­tion of a par­tic­u­larly strong batch of ec­stasy pills.

He said: “We did have some con­cerns on Fri­day af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion about the cir­cu­la­tion on site of a par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous ec­stasy tablet known as ‘Pu­n­isher Pills’ but, for­tu­nately, that does not ap­pear to have ma­te­ri­alised.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the polic­ing oper­a­tion and how the fes­ti­val has gone over­all and I’d like to pass on my thanks to all my col­leagues who po­liced the event, our part­ners and lo­cal com­mu­nity for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing over the week­end.”

Plumb­ing ap­pren­tice Brad Mel­lor at work at Hafan Cefni.

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