Breathing the gas can cause fainting, dizziness and drowsiness, and in large doses can even lead to death, according to a statement from the national police.
National Police officers have arrested an 18-year-old man in Marbella after he was caught selling bottles of nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, for use at private parties.
The man offered the bottles at 150 and 200 euros, depending on their size, to be used at private parties in town. The agents, after having identified him with false papers, seized 1,540 euros, foreign currency, four bottles of laughing gas and balloons (for ingestion) inside the vehicle. He was arrested on suspicion of harming public health.
The arrest took place in the early hours of Sunday June 5 in Marbella when a patrol vehicle spotted a young man carrying several bottles in the trunk of a vehicle. When officers approached, they discovered they were bottles of nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas.
The man has been identified and confirmed to be using false documents. A check was carried out in a car, where 1,540 euros, foreign currency, four bottles of laughing gas and balloons to inhale the gas were found hidden.
A popular drug
In recent years, nitrous oxide has become one of the most popular recreational drugs in clubs, discos and private parties in Europe. It is a colorless, odorous, but toxic gas that is inhaled.
It can produce euphoria, a feeling of well-being and intoxication, the effects of which last up to three minutes. However, breathing the gas can cause fainting, dizziness and drowsiness, and in high doses can even lead to death, according to a statement from the national police.