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    Tomorrowland: 24 dealers and 248 drug users arrested

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    The police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the organiser had a zero tolerance policy regarding drugs for the first weekend in Boom.
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    Twenty-four dealers, found to be committing offences, and 248 drug users were arrested during the Tomorrowland festival. The festival was held in Boom (Antwerp) from last Thursday to Sunday. This announcement came on Tuesday in a federal police communiqué. The police mentioned a weekend “without any incidents.” Ten other arrests took place for theft or fraud. The overall police assessment for the weekend also included 23 arrests for drunkeness or attempting to enter the site without a valid ticket.

    The police, the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the organiser operated a zero tolerance policy in respect of drugs during the first weekend in Boom. A total of 200,000 people took part in the event.

    The 248 festival-goers in possession of drugs for personal use were punished with an immediate fine of €75 (soft drugs) or €150 (hard drugs), and were immediately excluded from the event.

    Twelve taxis operating illegally were confiscated until July 31st. A second weekend of festivities is anticipated for this Thursday through to Sunday, with a further 200,000 people expected to attend.

    The organisers of the event caused a public outcry by previously refusing access to the festival for 38 ticket holders, following a screening carried out by the police, without justifying the reason for this refusal.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times