Two arrests over drugs and fake ID at Creamfields Hong Kong
Police warned earlier that they would send plain-clothes officers to monitor festival’s debut in city
Police arrested one person for drug possession and another for carrying a fake identity card within four hours of one of the world’s biggest dance music festivals kicking off on Lantau Island on Friday evening.
The arrests, at the concert venue, came after police said undercover officers would mingle with crowds at Creamfields to look for drugs or trouble, when the two-day festival was held at the AsiaWorld-Expo.
Sharon Wong Hau-suen, chief inspector from the airport district, said by 9pm on Friday night officers had arrested a 25-year-old local woman after finding suspected drugs in pill form on her. And a 16-year-old local man was caught with a forged identity card, she said.
“Violent and drug activities were found in similar concerts locally and overseas. The force therefore would make appropriate security arrangements to prevent drug- and violence-related crime,” Wong said.
“Officers are patrolling at the scene while sniffer dogs have also been deployed to search for explosives and drugs. We have also sent plain-clothes officers to the festival for patrol.”
The electronic dance party, celebrating its 20th year and making its debut in Hong Kong, features huge names in dance music and DJs from around the globe, including Tiësto, Flume, and Above & Beyond.
The indoor party will start from 5pm on both Friday and Saturday, running to 3am the next morning. It is expected to draw 10,000 people.
A police insider said officers’ heightened vigilance came after police arrested 14 revellers for drug possession at a musical festival last month, while one person died and three tested positive for controlled substances at an electronic music festival in September.
According to AsiaWorld-Expo, everyone in attendance is required to pass through security checks, which will include bag checks and metal detector scans, before entering the event hall. They will also have to wear security wristbands.