15 arrested for drugs at Mystery Land festival
In the latest clampdown on drugs at dance festivals, Dutch police have detained 15 people over the weekend.25 August 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - De Volkskrant reports on the latest zero tolerance drug controls at dance festivals in the Netherlands at the Mystery Land event, which drew 60,000 people over the weekend.
In recent months, Dutch police have been searching partygoers at dance festivals for drugs. People with small quantities of drugs are let off without a fine but the drugs are confiscated. Those found with larger quantities of drugs are arrested.
A total of 15 people were detained at this year’s Mystery Land festival.
A 22-year-old man named Seem from Ireland had his magic mushrooms seized. He says: “I’ve never experienced such strict controls. I don’t understand: I thought magic mushrooms were legal here.”
Another visitor, Mike, says: “I’ve been coming to these parties for 15 years. I’ve always been able to take pills and marijuana along with me. It is really bull… that you can purchase marijuana in a coffee shop but cannot smoke it outside.”
However, the newspaper reports that plenty of people evaded the controls because they were pretty superficial.
The Haarlem Public Prosecutor’s Office says it’s impossible to search 60,000 people extensively without jamming the entrance.
[Radio Netherlands / Frank Scimone / Expatica]