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Two arrests for laughing gas

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Early on Monday police arrested two women after they were caught trying to sell nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, in the Famagusta region.

The two women, aged 19 and 24, were seen by police officers offering the illegal substance for sale to passersby on an Ayia Napa road.

The 24-year-old carried a gas bottle, 26 unused ampoules, three used ones, 42 empty balloons and €58.50 in cash.

When the 19-year-old was searched officers found a gas bottle, 30 unused ampoules, 18 used ampoules, 35 empty balloons and €85.

The items were seized and the women were arrested.

Arrests for the sale of laughing gas are common in the summer in holiday areas, as it is widely used as a recreational drug because it produces a short high.

A license for the use of the gas is granted for medical purposes only.

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