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Fake MDMA tablets containing pesticides and paints are discovered at Rhythm and Vines festival

Fake MDMA tablets containing pesticides and paint are discovered at Rhythm and Vines music festival where a woman fought back after being groped last year

  • Fake MDMA tablets containing pesticides have been seized at a music festival 
  • Drugs were seized at Rhythm and Vines a festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand 
  • Revellers were notified of drugs in a warning sent to their phones by organisers
  • Festival made headlines last year when video emerged of man groping a woman

Fake MDMA tablets containing pesticides and paint have been seized at a music festival where a young woman was groped last year.  

The drugs were seized at Rhythm and Vines, an annual new years festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand.

Revellers were notified about the drugs, which contained antibiotics, traces of paints and pesticides in a warning sent to their phones by organisers of the festival – after the drugs were found by authorities on Monday, Stuff reported.

Rhythm and Vines event manager Dan Turner said the warning was issued promptly so that all festivalgoers were wary. 

Fake MDMA tablets containing pesticides and paints have been seized at Rhythm and Vines, an annual new years festival held in Gisborne, New Zealand

‘We’re trying to educate the kids, to say ”look, what you’re taking may not be what you think it is”. That’s what we tried to achieve with the push-notification,’ he said.

Festival organisers and emergency services recommend that anyone who consumed drugs and felt unwell should seek medical attention.

Last year, the New Zealand music festival made headlines when a video emerged of a woman being groped by a fellow reveller.

The man crept up on the woman, who decorated her breasts with glitter, while she was walking with a friend and touched her before running away.

The two women then turned in unison, following the man back to his perch on the grass and launching into a surprise attack. 

He cowered as the topless woman threw punches and her loyal friend tossed her drink in his face. 

Revellers were notified about the drugs, which contained antibiotics, traces of paints and pesticides in a warning sent to their phones by organisers of the festival

Revellers were notified about the drugs, which contained antibiotics, traces of paints and pesticides in a warning sent to their phones by organisers of the festival

Last year, the New Zealand music festival made headlines when a video emerged of a young woman being groped by a fellow reveller (pictured)

The Rhythm and Vines drug warning comes amid a series of arrests and court orders given out at New Year’s festivals in Australia – where one reveller died over the weekend.

Joshua Tam, 22, died after collapsing at New South Wales festival Lost Paradise on Saturday.

Authorities believe he died due to a mix of alcohol and ecstasy tablets.

His death follows three young people losing their lives to suspected overdoses at Sydney festivals in recent months. 

On Saturday morning, police said they had already conducted searches using drug dogs on 184 people and 97 cars.

Rhythm and Vines event manager Dan Turner said the warning was issued promptly so that all festivalgoers were wary

Rhythm and Vines event manager Dan Turner said the warning was issued promptly so that all festivalgoers were wary

The Rhythm and Vines drug warning comes amid a series of arrests and court orders were given out at new years festivals in Australia - where one reveller died over the weekend

The Rhythm and Vines drug warning comes amid a series of arrests and court orders were given out at new years festivals in Australia – where one reveller died over the weekend

Of these, 50 people have been issued court attendance notices for drug possession, and seven given cannabis cautions.

Two revellers who were attending Beyond the Valley in Lardner, south-east of Melbourne, were rushed to hospital for suspected drug overdoses.    

A man in his 20s was attending the festival when he collapsed on Monday.

He was rushed by air ambulance to Royal Melbourne Hospital where he is now in a stable condition, Nine News reported.

Another man, also in his 20s, is currently being treated at Dandenong Hospital after a drug overdose at Beyond the Valley on Sunday.

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