THE unauthorised rave party at Upper Orara on the weekend saw 19 people and seized drugs with an estimated potential street value of more than $30,000.
Operation Borasca was established by officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command, assisted by Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command and Dog Unit, to manage policing and safety issues associated with the 24-hour event, Frosty FrapTangle, which started at 2pm on Saturday.
Representatives from Coffs Harbour City Council were also in attendance because the event and construction on-site did not have prior approval.
During the operation, police, including drug-detection dogs, conducted 253 vehicle searches, including random breath tests (RBT), and located 41 vehicles containing drugs.
Officers arrested 19 people and charged them with 34 drug-related offences and a further 25 people were issued cannabis cautions.
Officers located and seized cannabis, cocaine, speed, ecstasy (MDMA) and LSD, with an estimated potential street value of $34,000.
In addition, officers conducted a further 38 random breath tests and issued 21 Traffic Infringement Notices.
Acting Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Peter O'Reilly, said police would not tolerate unauthorised events and illegal activity.
"Police have been working closely with the council to prevent unauthorised dance parties from taking place in our community," Det A/Insp O'Reilly said.
"We are happy to provide support to event organisers to hold exciting events on the Coffs Coast, provided they seek appropriate approvals and their activities do not put our community at risk.
"Across NSW, police continually remind people that prohibited drugs are not only illegal, but also highly dangerous and potentially life-threatening, yet some people refuse to heed our warnings.
"We have received reports that a young woman was taken to hospital during the event for treatment for a suspected drug overdose.
"People need to remember that police aren't here to spoil anyone's fun, our job is to minimise harm and keep our community safe."
Significant arrests during the operation include:
- A 19-year-old Forresters Beach man was charged with drug supply and two counts of drug possession.
- A 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with three counts of drug supply and deal with proceeds of crime.
- A 21-year-old Lismore man was charged with drug supply and two counts of drug possession.
The men have been granted strict conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on July 21.