A woman has been impaled on a star picket while doing acrobatics at the Burning Seed festival at Matong State Forest.
Police say the woman in her 20s was on her boyfriend’s shoulders when she executed an acrobatic manoeuvre and landed on a star picket before receiving medical help.
The Burning Seed festival began on September 27 and will run over the long weekend and already it has proven a bonanza for police even before the weekend began.
“We’ve had 40 drug detections with a total of 70 exhibits seized,” said Acting Inspector, Sergeant Maggie Deall.
“A lot of those drug detections involved multiple drug possession matters.
“We have actually come across 36 different types of drugs; ranging from the party drugs that are fairly standard at these events.
“Like ecstasy, MDMA, cocaine, all the way through to magic mushrooms, cannabis, and prescribed restricted substances like buprenorphine.”
Wagga Sergeant Maggie Deall talks Burning Seed Festival, Drugs, Woman Impaled
As of Friday morning a total of 17 people were charged, with some facing multiple offences.
Those charged range in age from being in their 60s to teenagers, and hail from residences across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne and the Northern Territory, and further afield such as Germany.
At least 10 of those charged are due to appear in Wagga Local Court on November 8, with others to appear in the next two weeks.
Police say the drug culture at the festival is of concern.
“People are so laissez-faire about their drug use given that they’re so far from medical help, I think it’s a fairly risky behaviour to undertake,” Sergeant Deall said.
What it indicates to us is people are coming, bringing large amounts (of drugs) with them, and planning on drug binges.
“You may have taken…