I am advised: The number of Mobile Drug Tests stationed within 30km of the
Nimbin Mardi Grass varied during 2-6 May. 2,408 tests were conducted within
30km of the festival and 68 drivers were arrested for secondary testing with
samples forwarded to the Forensic and Analytical Science Service for
confirmatory testing. 133 police attended the Nimbin Mardi Grass, dedicating
2,036 hours to the event. No drug detection dog activities were conducted. 90
people were searched without a drug detection dog indication, 36 of which were
found to have drugs in their possession*. As of 16 May 2019, 45 people were
issued with a fine, caution or charged.
Details of police methodology regarding the Nimbin Mardi Grass festival
cannot be divulged for operational reasons.
*Correspondence, Minister David Elliott MP, 17 June 2019, provided amendment
to answer received 29 May 2019.