Cyprus Mail

Police testing confiscated laughing gas canisters for harmful substances

Tests are being carried out to find out whether 47 canisters which were confiscated by police following the arrest of a 24-year-old foreign man in Ayia Napa, believed to have ‘laughing gas’ in them, contained any other harmful substances.

Following a number of checks in the Ayia Napa area on Wednesday, police arrested the 24-year-old and found and confiscated 47 canisters, 17 balloons and €33 in cash, police spokesman Andreas Angelides said.

He added that during questioning, the 24-year-old said another man was supplying him with  canisters, which are used to fill up the balloons with laughing gas.

He was cautioned for illegally selling substances which can cause damage to someone’s health and will appear in court at a later date.

The canisters were sent to the state laboratory for testing with initial results showing there were no traces of narcotics. Drug squad spokesman Stelios Sergides told the Cyprus Mail that more detailed tests would be carried out to establish what substances were in the canisters and what effects they could possibly have on the human body.

Police investigations are ongoing although no more arrests have been made.



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