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Man found guilty after largest NOS seizure in Surrey Police history

Nos seizure

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 7:51am 12th January 2019.

A man has been found guilty after a single call to 101 resulted in the largest seizure in Surrey Police history of nitrous oxide, also known as NOS or laughing gas.

Semi-professional footballer Leon Redwood, of Commonwealth Drive, Crawley, pled guilty to the possession of psychiatric substances with intent to supply.

He was sentenced to 60 hours unpaid work at Guildford Crown Court yesterday (January 11).

He also has to pay £85 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

It comes after a member of the public called Surrey Police to report a vehicle behaving suspiciously in Crawley on July 26 2018.

It was then stopped in Lingfield and 27 year old Redwood was stopped by police, who then found just under 6,500 canisters of nitrous oxide, also known as NOS or laughing gas, as well as balloons and a device to transfer the gas from the canister into a balloon.

Tandridge Borough Commander, Inspector Dan Gutierrez said:

“It just goes to show that if you are concerned about something, to let us know on 101..."

“While it may be called laughing gas, it is no laughing matter as the possible side effects can be fatal.

“Our message to drug dealers is clear; you aren’t welcome in Surrey. We will stop you, arrest you and put you before the courts.”

Government advice warns that inhaling nitrous oxide can be dangerous, and can lead to loss of blood pressure, fainting and even heart attack. In 2016, eight people died after inhaling the substance.

Prolonged exposure to nitrous oxide may result in bone marrow suppression and poisoning of the central nervous system.

These risks are likely to be made more acute if the exposure to the gas is combined with alcohol or other drugs.

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