The numbers are in for this year’s Ever After Festival.
342 calls for police service. Of those 129 were drug related.
There was so much drug activity that many weren’t even charged due to “overwhelming volume”.
The event even included an amnesty box where concert goers could dump their drugs at the gate, which police say was overflowing.
Police Chief Bryan Larkin says curbing the use of drugs at the festival is their number one concern moving forward.
“So we do encourage and credit people for using the amnesty box, but it was overflowing. Which resulted in us having to keep calling on the event organizers to manage it. This is a similar trend we have seen across Ontario.”
Despite all the concern around all those drugs, Larkin says hes confident the problem can be controlled in the coming years.
“We had a significant operational plan in place, significant leadership in place, and I think in the end we had a successful event. The reality is because it is licensed and controlled, if we have any concerns ther is an outlet and mechanism for policing.”
35 officers were deployed to the festival this year on both Saturday and Sunday, but police say that number could increase in coming years.