You don’t have to venture very far to find a story about drugs at a music festival. Regardless of how many countermeasures the cops wish to employ, people just keep on finding ways to get them into their favourite events.
According to a recently published study, one party hub in Taiwan could even be introducing drugs like ecstasy and ketamine into the local water supply, leaving traces of them in rivers and soil, potentially impacting local marine life.
Meanwhile, another more recent study took a look at the most popular drugs at different music festivals, proving once again that measures like sniffer dogs are largely ineffective in catching people looking to take substances into festivals.
However, while we’re familiar with some of the sneaky and genuinely crafty ways that punters manage to sneak drugs into music festivals, this story of a young girl who was caught at the Defqon dance music festival may be the most extreme length anyone’s ever gone to smuggle drugs into an event.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, Taylah May Jamieson, who celebrated her 21st birthday on the weekend, has escaped a jail sentence after pleading guilty to smuggling drugs into last year’s Defqon inside herself.
She was handed an 18-month… wait, what? Uh, yes, Ms Jamieson was handed an 18-month good behaviour bond and fined $1,600 after being charged with three counts of supplying and knowingly taking part in the supply of a prohibited drug by smuggling them into Defqon inside of herself.
If you’re wondering if that means what you think it means, it does. Jamieson hoped to fool sniffer dogs by wrapping 37 ecstasy capsules and pills in a zip-lock bag and cling wrap, then placing the package inside three layers of condoms, sprinkling coffee grounds and pepper between the layers, before inserting the condoms in her vagina.
Ms Jamieson was sentenced at Penrith Court last Thursday and Magistrate Brian van Zuylen made a point of describing the 21-year-old’s actions as “disgusting”, adding he was astounded anyone would take drugs into an event where a man died from an overdose just two years prior.
Despite her, uh, elaborate attempt to throw off the sniffer dogs, Ms Jamieson was detected with 16.5 grams of drugs that she had collected from an unknown person the previous day. “You have let your family down in the worst possible way,” Mr van Zuylen said.
“You did this at a music festival where someone died two years ago and put yourself in a situation where you could have been smuggling drugs and if someone had died it could have been from your drugs.”
That year’s Defqon did indeed see about 350 people receive medical treatment for drug and heat-related illnesses, with seven taken to Nepean Hospital for further treatment. Meanwhile, police arrested 83 people for drug-related offences, seven for drug supply, while one person was arrested with over 250 pills in his possession.