Man, 22, dies and two others are taken to hospital after taking ‘unknown substance’ at Lost Paradise music festival
A man has died and two people are being treated after taking an unknown substance at a music festival west of Gosford on Saturday.
The 22-year-old man was rushed to Gosford Hospital about 8pm but died soon after.
Two others, a man and a woman, remain in hospital in a stable condition, after ingesting an unknown substance and becoming sick.
Police have conducted searches using drug dogs on 184 people and 97 cars. Of these, 50 people have been issued court attendance notices for drug possession, and seven given cannabis cautions.
Three people have been charged with drug supply offences, including a 23-year-old man from Elanora Heights who was allegedly caught with 80 MDMA pills and 65 bags of cocaine.
He has been charged with supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed prohibited substance.
A 21-year-old man from Drummoyne was allegedly caught with 105 MDMA pills and charged with supplying a prohibited drug and possessing a prescribed prohibited substance.
Both men will appear in Gosford Local Court on Friday January 18.
A 23-year-old man from Glendale was allegedly found with 26 MDMA pills and was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for supplying a prohibited drug.
He is due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday 5 February 2019.
About 11,000 people have turned out for the Lost Paradise music festival in the Glenworth Valley, 20km west of Gosford. The festival runs from Friday December 28 to Tuesday January 1.
The police operation continues on-site, and inquiries into the death of the man are ongoing.