A 23-year-old man who died of a suspected drug overdose at Defqon. 1 during the weekend published information about police sniffer dogs at the popular music festival just weeks before.
Joseph Pham, of Edensor Park, was one of four festival attendees who collapsed at the music festival in Penrith, in western Sydney, on Saturday night, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Emergency services were called to the festival after Mr. Pham and a woman, aged 21, collapsed at 9 p.m.
Joseph Pham (pictured), from Edensor Park, was one of four festival goers who collapsed at Defqon. 1 music festival in Penrith, in western Sydney, on Saturday night
Both were taken to the Nepean Hospital, where they died shortly afterwards.
Two other revelers, including a man of 19 years and a woman of 26, are in serious condition in the hospital.
Mr. Pham posted about the festival on his social networks in the run up to the event.
He shared a publication of "Sniff Off", a group that advocates no more sniffer dogs, drug legalization and pill tests, three weeks before his death.
The message discussed the possibility that the New South Wales Police prohibit people trapped with drugs from entering the site.
Sniff Off wrote: "It's ridiculous that going to a music festival in Sydney requires so much anxiety and conjecture, but you can be sure that Sniff Off is doing everything we can to take care of your rights."
However, the hardstyle music fan was excited about the world famous festival.
On August 15, he posted on social media: "Only one month left for Defqon. 1 Australia!
& # 39; I hope to see you there! & # 39;
More than 700 people at the event sought assistance from medical professionals, while the police searched dozens of drug-related arrests and seizures.
Two people died and two others remain in the hospital fighting for their lives after a drug overdose in a notorious electronic music festival.
Police claim that 13 additional people attended the Nepean Hospital for drug-related issues during and after the festival.
The officers conducted 355 drug searches throughout the day. Of this, it was allegedly discovered that 69 people were in possession of drugs.
Ten of those people were charged with drug-supply crimes.
A 22-year-old man from Bankstown was allegedly found with 20 packs of the GHB drug and was accused of trying to supply an illegal drug.
The people affected by the drugs in the place were quickly transferred to the Nepean Hospital, where a woman remains in critical condition.
Two other men, aged 33 and 27, were accused of providing MDMA.
Two other teenagers, aged 17, were accused of giving birth after they were allegedly trapped with 120 capsules inside.
Two other men and three women were charged with crimes related to MDMA, cocaine and ecstasy.
The presence of the police was strong throughout the day, with the police calling their approach a "multifaceted operation," involving the Nepean PAC, the Police Transportation Command, the Execution Squadron and the Dog Unit. police.
The organizers of Defqon Australia released a statement to news.com.au regarding the deaths.
Police have formed Strike Force Highworth to investigate the death of a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman who died after collapsing at the Defqon music festival.
"The organizers of Defqon.1 Australia are deeply saddened by the tragic death of two of their sponsors at the Nepean Hospital after attending the festival last night and wish to express their sincere condolences to their family and friends."
& # 39; Thoughts and prayers are also with the young man and the woman who are still in a critical condition. We are disappointed by the number of incidents related to drugs, we have a policy of zero tolerance in relation to the use of drugs at the festival. "
& # 39; The festival organizers are working closely and cooperating with the authorities in relation to the deaths and the number of medical presentations made during the night; A full investigation is currently under way. As this is a matter with the New South Wales Police and the forensic doctor and out of respect for families and friends, we will not speculate about the cause of death and we will not make any more statements or comments, "the statement read. release.
Defqon is an annual music festival held in the Netherlands and Australia and generally plays genres related to hardstyle, such as hardcore techno, hard house and hard trance.
Gladys Berejiklian described the deaths as tragic and confessed that she never wanted the international event to return to the Australian coasts.
"I do not want to see this event in Sydney or New South Wales any more: we will do everything possible to close this," ABC reported.
The Sydney International Regatta Center, which has been the site of the Australian dance party since 2010, announced on Sunday that it would no longer host Defqon. 1.
Two other Australians have died at the festival in the past five years, including James Munro, who died of an alleged ecstasy overdose in 2013.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the two deaths is currently under way.
The police urge anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.
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