FIVE men were arrested yesterday for allegedly carrying drugsinto the Bathurst 1000.
Three men – aged 37, 35 and 32 – were issued cautions andevicted from the race after they were detected carrying cannabis.
A 38-year-old man and a16-year-old male were also arrested after drugs were located, however,investigations into both incidents are continuing and no charges have beenlaid.
NSW Police are warning anyoneintending on bringing drugs or behaving in an anti-social manner at this year’srace that they will be caught and banned from the event.
Police dogs are located at the three main checkpoints whileofficers and race security staff search vehicles to ensure everyone iscomplying with the strict alcohol restrictions.
Operation Astron Commander, Assistant Commissioner GeoffMcKechnie, said cars and people continue to be checked as they enter and anydangerous or illegal items will be seized.
“Where appropriate those inpossession of illegal items or drugs will be charged and banned from enteringthe event,” Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.
“One of the men caughtyesterday travelled from Queensland to attend the race and he has now beenbanned from entering which is an extreme waste of his time and money.
“All entrants will be unable toavoid detection if they intend on bringing illegal drugs so it’s an importantreminder not to let a silly error ruin your, and possibly your families, fun.
“As we’ve said previously, zerotolerance will be shown towards drug use and possession.
Police are also warning peopleagainst anti-social behaviour with – along with the three men evicted for carryingdrugs – four groups receiving official warnings.
“Those evicted have beenintoxicated and acting in a manner that we consider dangerous to themselves aswell as to those around them.
One group were warned afterthey allegedly threw empty beer cans over a fence towards the race track.
“We’ve said it numerous timesthat anti-social and dangerous behaviour simply will not be tolerated,”Assistant Commissioner McKechnie said.
“We are fair and, depending onthe severity of the offence, officers will issue a warning to an individual orgroup if they are seen behaving anti-socially. If they are caught again theywill immediately be packed up and escorted out by police.
“So far the crowd has beenbehaving well and we are very pleased with the low number of drug detectionsand people evicted and arrested. Hopefully this behaviour continues over thenext two days,” he said.
SEARCHED: Police dogs are located at the three main checkpoints while officers and race security staff search vehicles to ensure everyone is complying with the strict alcohol restrictions.
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