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The Meadows: Suspected ‘laughing gas’ dealer arrested after police see man inhaling balloon

A suspected ‘laughing gas’ dealer was arrested after police found canisters of nitrous oxide inside a car.

Officers were on patrol in The Meadows area of Nottingham, around 1.45pm on Sunday (25 February 2024), when they were flagged down by a member of the public who reported seeing a man inhaling a balloon inside a car.

The officers found a Jaguar parked up at the Victoria Embankment and spoke to a man who was in the vehicle before carrying out searches.

Canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as ‘laughing gas’, were found in the car along with mobile phones. A quantity of cash was also seized.

A 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply nitrous oxide – a Class C drug – for wrongful inhalation.

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Detective Inspector Julian Eminson-Ferry, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It is important people understand that wrongfully inhaling nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, isn’t just harmless fun but could actually pose a considerable health risk.

“We also want to remind people it is now a criminal offence to be found in possession of this Class C drug, where its intended use is to be inhaled for a psychoactive effect, and if someone is caught in possession of cannisters of this substance, they could be prosecuted.”

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