37 suspected drug dealers arrested at Tomorrowland

Police arrested 37 people for drug dealing during the Tomorrowland music festival in Belgium, the Antwerp public prosecutor's office announced Tuesday.

The suspects were caught selling drugs in and around the festival estate in the Antwerp municipality of Boom. They will all face criminal court at special Tomorrowland drug hearings on 25 October and 18 December.

Police also caught 360 festival-goers possessing a quantity of drugs believed to be for personal use. They were fined on the spot and asked to leave the site immediately. A total of 86,250 euros in fines for possession of drugs was collected.

Police arrested 181 people in total during this double edition of the festival, which took place from 21 to 23 July and 28 to 30 July. As well as drug-related offences, other offences included public drunkenness and other forms of nuisance and joyriding. Around 100 people were arrested for attempting to enter the festival without a valid ticket.

Two people have died at this year's edition of the electronic dance music festival. A 26-year-old staff member died at the crew campsite in what prosecutors believe was a drug-related incident. On Friday, a 35-year-old visitor from Thailand was found unconscious and died shortly afterwards in hospital.


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