According to a report released by the Antwerp public prosecutor’s office and reported in Belgian publication Het Nieuwsblad, officials arrested 61 people for dealing drugs at the Belgian dance music festival Tomorrowland, which ran two weekends, July 19-21 and June 26-28.
Per the report, 460 attendees were apprehended for drug use/possession, many of whom were immediately fined, with those in possession of “soft drugs” receiving a fine of 75 Euros and those in possessions of “hard drugs” being fined 150 Euros. Festival attendees who were caught with drugs were also escorted off the festival site and had their festival wristbands taken away for the remainder fo the weekend.
Authorities reported seizing 2,510 ecstasy pills, 15 ounces of cocaine, 30 grams of MDMA, 14 ounces of ketamine, two fluid of GHB, and 50 doses of LSD, among other real and fake drugs.
Meanwhile, 66 people were arrested for attempting to enter the festival without a ticket, nine were arrested for public intoxication and five were arrested for being a public nuisance. There were three reports of assault and one of attempted rape.
During weekend one, a 27-year-old festivalgoer from India passed away from a reported drug overdose.
“The organization of Tomorrowland announces with sadness the death of one of its guests,” a represenative of the festival announced in a statement. “On Friday evening a visitor became unwell at the festival site. After being cared for by the helpers of the Flemish Cross, the man was immediately admitted to the hospital. The organization sympathizes with the victim’s family and friends. We hope that the bereaved can handle this loss in all serenity.”
This year, 400,000 attendees gathered in Boom, Belgium for Tomorrowland 2019, the fifteenth annual edition of the orld’s biggest dance music festival that featured more than a thousand acts including Eric Prydz, The Chainsmokers, Afrojack, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki.