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Drug drama shocks Splashy Fen rockers Anil Singh March 28 2005 at 06:12PM
Quick action by medical emergency staff at the popular Splashy Fen music festival at Underberg saved the lives of four teenagers who overdosed after eating cakes and chocolates laced with drugs.
Four people were also arrested for possession of drugs, including Ecstasy tablets and dagga.
Doctors at the medical tent alerted detectives from the Organised Crime Unit after four young girls showed symptoms of drug overdose on Saturday. The girls told police that they had bought chocolate and "space cookies" from one of the tents. After eating them they felt sick.
A paramedic said that had the girls not received immediate medical treatment they could have died from the drug overdose.
Provincial police spokesperson Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo said the girls had eaten chocolate, which was laced with magic mushrooms. Magic mushrooms are organic mushrooms which have hallucogenic qualities.
"Three girls had overdosed by eating the chocolate while a fourth ate 'space cookies', a type of cup cake or muffin which was lacked with some sort of drug.
"We are unsure what drug was used. It could be dagga or even magic mushrooms. The cakes will be sent for forensic testing to determine what substances were in it," said Naidoo.
Soon after the overdosing incidents and in a planned police action, one person who was selling the space cookies in a special tent was arrested.
Police had bought the cake for R50. They seized 105 space cookies. However, they were unable to find any of the chocolates, which had a red wrapper and were selling for R100 each.
Naidoo said three others were arrested for possession of dagga and 88 Mandrax tablets.
A detective at the music festival said that the person arrested for selling the space cakes was known to them and had been giving police problems at the festival.
"We will have to do something to ensure that he is not allowed at the festival in future. In general the festival went off well without any incidents," he said.
Unlike previous years, attendance was down at Splashy Fen this year.
It is estimated that just over 8 000 people attended the three-day music festival.
Police said that they are finding an increasing number of cases in which drugs are mixed with other substances.
Early this month police arrested two suspects and seized a large quantity of muffins mixed with dagga in the Durban city centre.