Top cop reads riot act to pill pop­pers

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News -

EX­AS­PER­ATED Act­ing As­sis­tant Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Allan Si­card yes­ter­day is­sued a stern warn­ing af­ter two more deaths linked to so­called party drugs.

“We’ve done every­thing pos­si­ble to make th­ese events safe but we can­not get into the heads of peo­ple when they make the de­ci­sion to take il­licit drugs,” Mr Si­card said.

“They are crim­i­nally or il­lic­itly ob­tained. The qual­ity of th­ese drugs can­not be as­cer­tained.

“The lives of five peo­ple’s fam­i­lies have po­ten­tially changed for­ever as a re­sult of last night. Il­licit drugs are il­licit — do not take them, they are dan­ger­ous sub­stances.

“We can only po­lice an event to the ex­tent that we can.

“We had uni­formed and covert po­lice at the event.”

“We planned for this but it’s a per­sonal de­ci­sion to sup­ply drugs and take drugs. I’m a dad my­self. I can’t for the life of me un­der­stand why drugs are taken when you don’t know what’s in them.”

Po­lice said a to­tal of 355 drug searches were con­ducted, with 69 peo­ple found to be in pos­ses­sion of drugs, in­clud­ing the 10 charged with sup­ply of­fences.

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