Officers from the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit have today warned about the dangers of so-called ‘laughing gas’.

Officers from the Unit working alongside colleagues from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit raided properties yesterday (Monday 17 December) in North and South Yorkshire and Rutland and arrested eight people.

The five men and three women aged between 32 and 55, were arrested on suspicion of Money Laundering and Import/Supply a Psychoactive Substance. They have all been released under investigation.

So-called ‘laughing gas’ (or Nitrous Oxide) which is also known as ‘balloons’, ‘NOS’ and ‘hippy crack’ is a gas commonly used in the medical and catering industry but is increasingly being used as a so-called ‘legal high’.

The consequences of taking the substance can be deadly and can lead to dizziness, headaches and even suffocation from a lack of oxygen.

Detective Inspector Mick Ryan of the Yorkshire & Humber Regional Organised Crime Unit, said:

“Today officers from across the region have been working closely with other law enforcement partners, to arrest a number of individuals.

“Directly inhaling Nitrous Oxide is dangerous and there is a real risk of serious health complications or death. 

“In 2016, the government changed the law to ensure those involved in the unlawful supply of Nitrous Oxide could be prosecuted, and I hope today’s operation sends a strong message to those involved in this illicit trade”.