Over a dozen teenagers were busted for allegedly dealing drugs at Goodlife Lost City at Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday. It’s not uncommon for illegal activity such as this to go down at music festivals, but what’s shocking is the ages of the suspects.
Two 17-year-olds and a 13-year-old were among the 16 people arrested at the event. According to a report, the three teenagers were caught with MDMA capsules and charged with drug supply. Another 16-year-old was charged with drug possession.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has spoken out on the “horrific” incidents. She finds it disturbing that children as young as 13 were allegedly caught selling drugs.
“I can’t think of anything more horrific if the allegations are correct,” Berejiklian said in a statement. “It concerns me at any age but particularly at that age where children are so vulnerable.”
Sydney and other parts of Australia have seen a recent surge of drug-related overdoses and deaths at music festivals. While many have called for pill testing and drug education, Berejiklian hopes to find balance between strict policing at events and the freedom of citizens — something she’s finding to be a challenge.
Source: 9 News