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Vietnamese student charged with drug smuggling at Australian music fest

By Nguyen Quy   September 26, 2018 | 11:17 pm PT
Vietnamese student charged with drug smuggling at Australian music fest
The Defqon. 1 music festival is held in Penrith near West Sydney, Australia on September 15 where two people died of suspected drug overdose. Photo by Reuters
A Vietnamese student is facing jail term for supplying drugs at an Australian music festival where two people died of suspected overdose.

Vo Dang Khoa Phan, 22, pleaded guilty of delivering drugs to Defqon. 1, a music festival near West Sydney, at a trial on Tuesday.

The U.K.-based news website Daily Telegraph reported that Phan has been granted bail and will be back in court for sentencing on November 16.

Phan was one of 10 partygoers charged with “drug supply offences” at the music festival where 23-year-old man Joseph Pham and a 21-year-old woman Diana Nguyen died after collapsing of suspected drug overdose on September 15.

Following a crackdown, Khoa was caught with the gamma hydroxybutyrate drug worth $1,000 hidden in 20 soysauce bottles.

Drug overdose has become a threat at music festivals around the world.

Just two days after Defqon. 1., seven people died at the Vietnam Electronic Weekend festival in Hanoi, and several others were hospitalized in critical condition. Director of the company organizing the event and a suspected drug supplier have been held for investigation.

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