If you’ve been to a festival of some kind, chances are you’ve also partaken while you partied, which can sometimes be easier said than done – especially since organizers and police are working hand in hand to stop illicit drugs being smuggled in. From the basic, such as keeping your stash in your bra or hat, to the far more ingenious, here are five ways of how people are smuggling party aids into their favorite festivals.
It’s party time
So, just how do the drugs get into the festivals? That’s what Vice wanted to find out, firsthand, which led to the author learning of the basic and not-so-basic ideas are being used to festivalgoers to make sure the festival is even more fun.
This year I headed back to the Isle of Wight, not to see how pure the drugs were, but to find out how people had managed to get them inside in the first place. A Bestival spokesperson told me they work closely with Hampshire Police to keep the festival safe, and they’re not wrong: the evidence is there to show they confiscated a huge amount of narcotics over the course of this past weekend.
£175,000 worth of drugs and psychoactive substances were seized by police officers and security staff, with £62,518 worth of that figure collected in amnesty bins before festival-goers entered the site – almost double the amount submitted to amnesty in 2015.
1. Zip it
A guy who introduced himself as “party-boy Patrick” had a sneaky zipped up slot in his sweatband, which he assured me had, at one point earlier, been brimming with pills.
2. The rudimentary
The most common answer I was given was a simple: “I shoved them in my socks.” It was hardly Ocean’s Eleven, but I guess there’s no need to fix what’s not broken.
3. Supporting the good times
From shirt pockets to cigarette boxes, bra straps to snapbacks, everyone I asked seemed to have a failsafe drug smuggling routine.
4. The party bandolier
More inventive techniques included NOS canisters tied up into belt form with masking tape to keep the noise from giving the game away, and GHB poured into a hair lotion bottle and placed in a toiletry bag.
5. This is ingenious, period
The most ingenious, however, came from a 21-year-old woman,
What I do is take a tampon in a plastic case, cut it in half and empty out the inside. Then all you need to do is fill in the bottom half with cotton wool and place your drugs in the middle, before topping it up with more cotton wool and resealing with an iron.