Police Arrests 47 over Drugs Abuse on 1st day of EDM Festival

Police have confirmed to have arrested 47 electronic dance music festival goers at Île Soniq music festival taking place in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on drug-related charges even though the festival is only halfway through its first edition. The festival started on Friday and is scheduled to sum up on Saturday night. Police had already amplified its presence due to recent deaths of two EDM festival-goers in Toronto earlier this month while dozens became ill at Veld Music Festival because of what police later described as “party drugs.”

Additional 14 police officers were hired by the famous Montreal festival’s promoter, Evenko. However, a couple of attendees failed to understand what exactly would additional police officers would help in accomplishing, since there are more than 30,000 festival-goers and the pills are tiny. Brandon Schneiderman alleged that “people are pretty creative with how to smuggle in,” and another festival goer Ameen Alshaibani added that “there is no way to let in this many people and check effectively at the same time.”

The founder a non-profit group that works to reduce harm associated with drug use called GRIP, Jean-Sébastien Fallu, said that no matter how many officers are there, people will find a way to bring in drugs. Fallue elucidated that “the only way to avoid risk is to stay free from drugs. But we know many many people will take them, so we are going a step further and telling them some tips to reduce the risks they are taking.” GRIP had almost six counsellors are on site.

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