Two women, aged 23 and 20, were arrested on Friday night in Ayia Napa after being caught selling nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas.
According to the police, during operations in the area members of the crime prevention unit located the two women – on two separate occasions – selling laughing gas, which is registered as an illegal pharmaceutical.
In the possession of the 23-year-old, police located 29 unused laughing gas ampoules, seven empty containers and €249 in cash.
The 20-year-old was caught with 23 unused laughing gas ampoules in her possession, 27 empty containers and €129 in cash.
They were both charged and are to be presented to court at a later date.
Arrests for the sale of laughing gas are common in the summer in popular vacation areas, as it is widely used as a recreational drug because it produces a short high.
Inappropriate handling can result in unconsciousness however and, in the absence of sufficient fresh air, even death. Possible side effects include ear damage, distended bowels and bone marrow changes, according to official information.
A licence to sell nitrous oxide is only granted for medical purposes. It is administered in dentistry and surgery as it numbs pain while keeping patients awake.