Cyprus Mail

Court fines youngsters for selling laughing gas

Two youngsters from Britain and Romania, who were arrested early Thursday in Ayia Napa for selling laughing gas, pleaded guilty and were fined €350 each.

A Cypriot detained in connection with the same case has denied the charges and will appear in court at a later date.

The fines follow the arrests on Wednesday of three young women and a man who were released after being charged with selling the gas.

“The campaign to stop this phenomenon continues” said Yiorgos Economou, Ayia Napa police spokesman. “The use of this gas is illegal in Cyprus and we do not want people harming themselves through its use.”

Recreational use of the gas was made illegal in the UK, together with a number of other ‘legal highs’, in May this of this year.

Famagusta police mounted a co-ordinated operation on Wednesday night and Thursday morning to detect violations of the law relating to the movement of what Cyprus law sees as a medicinal product (laughing gas) being distributed without permission.
Shortly after midnight, police spotted the three holding three metallic bottles with two taps, one of which one was connected to a balloon and the other with a hosing mounted to fill cartridges being sold to passers-by for €3 a hit.

Three metal cylinders, 94 unused and 14 used metal cartridges, 154 empty balloons and €254 in cash found in their possession were taken as evidence.

NOTE: The Cyprus Mail yesterday reported that the four persons arrested on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning had been released without charge. The report was based on the official press statement by the police. Today Ayia Napa police spokesman Yiorgos Ecoomou said that the four had been charged and released to appear in court.

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