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Nitrous Oxide Raids in LA, OC, IE
KFI ^ | 3/22/2013

Posted on 03/22/2013 5:42:32 PM PDT by markomalley

Hundreds of law enforcement officers on Friday raided Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide for use as a recreational drug, in one of the nation's largest such raids to date.

Four federal arrest warrants were also served during the 17 simultaneous raids in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties, and at least two people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of misbranding a drug in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Authorities said they expected more arrests to come.

The operation was the result of a year-and-a-half-long joint investigation dubbed “No Laughing Matter” by the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The FDA has recently focused on the illegal use of nitrous oxide, and this was its largest case to date, said special agent Lisa Hartsell. Though nitrous oxide has long been a rave phenomenon, it has recently grown into more mainstream use, propelled by the ease of social media to reach young people and spread the word.

“This is a very cheap drug, can be had very easily, it is not a controlled substance, so your big members of the law enforcement community don't have the ability to control it,” Hartsell said.

The gas is legally used by dentists for anesthesia, to pressurize whipped cream canisters and to speed up race cars. But authorities say its illegal use has spurred fatal car accidents, rapes and teen deaths - all in the name of a temporary high.

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1 posted on 03/22/2013 5:42:32 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

In related news, Cans of Redi-Whip have been flying off the shelves in Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange counties.


2 posted on 03/22/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: markomalley
This is a very cheap drug, can be had very easily, it is not a controlled substance...

So why exactly the raids then?

3 posted on 03/22/2013 5:44:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley

This is not a laughing matter.


4 posted on 03/22/2013 5:45:42 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: mnehring

Um....it’s for the chilren?


5 posted on 03/22/2013 5:46:14 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: markomalley

“we don’t have the ability to control it.”

That’s the mot instructive line in the entire article. They’re not pissed that people inhale nitrous oxide. They’re pissed because they can’t control people doing so.


6 posted on 03/22/2013 5:50:20 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Tuners all over California are starting to stockpile NOS like us Texans are stockpiling ammo.


7 posted on 03/22/2013 5:53:42 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: markomalley
This is a very cheap drug, can be had very easily, it is not a controlled substance...

Since nitrous-oxide (NO) is composed of the two most common components of air nitrogen and oxygen, it would be a tad tricky for the idiot Feds to try and regulate it, but I wouldn't doubt they'll try. I'll bet they'll soon classify oxygen (O2) a gateway drug.

8 posted on 03/22/2013 6:06:56 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Yo-Yo

Cans of Redi-Whip have been flying off the shelves...”

Cleaning ladies used to tell wild stories about a couple of attorneys (one male, one female) in a building where we used to have offices a lot of years ago - at least once a week they would find an empty can of whipped cream in the trash. Pretty funny and became quite the talk of the building.

Also, back in the 1960’s, our local bank kept balloons and would blow one up for any kiddo that came in banking hours. If they were closed, they would always leave a nitrous oxide tank in the outer lobby area so people could inflate balloons for their kid’s birthday parties. My how times have changed.


9 posted on 03/22/2013 6:09:30 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

>they would always leave a nitrous oxide tank in the outer lobby area so people could inflate balloons for their kid’s birthday parties

I suspect it went over like a lead balloon considering that NO2 is heavier than air.


10 posted on 03/22/2013 6:13:11 PM PDT by soycd
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To: markomalley

“Nitrous Dealers” aren’t packin heat.


11 posted on 03/22/2013 6:13:45 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: markomalley
This brings me back to my Grateful Dead days...
12 posted on 03/22/2013 6:15:00 PM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: markomalley
Hey, it's no laughing matter ... oh wait, it is
13 posted on 03/22/2013 6:17:23 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you've likely misread the situation.)
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To: markomalley
Hundreds of law enforcement officers on Friday raided Southern California auto parts shops and other businesses suspected of illegally selling nitrous oxide........Four federal arrest warrants were also served during the 17 simultaneous raids in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.......... at least two people were arrested on misdemeanor charges

Sounds successful.

14 posted on 03/22/2013 6:26:36 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: Vision

LOL! I remember guys selling balloons of the stuff at $5 each at the shows in Rosemont IL! ‘88 or ‘89 if I remember correctly.


15 posted on 03/22/2013 6:45:29 PM PDT by SkiKnee
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To: mnehring

16 posted on 03/22/2013 6:49:26 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: SkiKnee

Oh, that’s exactly what was happening...


17 posted on 03/22/2013 6:52:12 PM PDT by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: markomalley

But, Hey! Weed is OK.


18 posted on 03/22/2013 7:01:13 PM PDT by chemicalman (The more support I see,the harder I want to work,and the more determined I am not to let folks down.)
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To: markomalley

Years ago a kid broke in to the office of a dentist friend of mine and stole a nitrous bottle. Kid was eventually found dead leaning against a tree with nitrous mask on his face.


19 posted on 03/22/2013 7:28:31 PM PDT by wingtip
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To: nascarnation

Here’s my understanding:
Nitrous oxide “nitrous” sold for automotive use has a tiny bit of ‘teargas’ or similar irritant in it. The idea is to keep people from getting high from inhaling it.
The food-grade stuff, and the medical stuff that the dentist administers, does not have the noxious additive.
I’d guess that the car guys have figured out how to remove the irritant. I would bet that a charcoal filter would do that.


20 posted on 03/22/2013 7:30:20 PM PDT by loungitude (The truth hurts.)
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To: Flick Lives

“I’ll bet they’ll soon classify oxygen (O2) a gateway drug.”

they certainly want to tax CO2 emissions; so, it won’t be long until they tax the air you exhale based on your BMI.


21 posted on 03/22/2013 8:05:10 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: markomalley

I hope the Cops don’t start shooting up Corvettes by mistaking them for Honda Civics.


22 posted on 03/22/2013 8:10:49 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Well, it could have been “at least one”.

They could have taken all the Overtime they paid those guys and kept a few Control Towers open. LOL


23 posted on 03/22/2013 8:25:50 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Compliance with Tyranny is Treason...)
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To: markomalley

It used to be perfectly legal up until maybe 20 or so years ago, to buy balloons filled with nitrous oxide in New Orleans as well.
Don’t we have more important crimes to go after?


24 posted on 03/22/2013 8:37:06 PM PDT by Southern Magnolia
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To: Southern Magnolia

I remember when I was a kid you could get free sugar cubes at the local head shop that had a dose of LSD in them. They were marked with a red dot. LSD was legal at the time.


25 posted on 03/23/2013 1:37:27 AM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: markomalley
The gas is legally used by dentists for anesthesia

I know a dentist in southern NH (a friend of a friend), who has virtually crippled himself huffing the stuff. What a waste.

26 posted on 03/23/2013 2:15:44 AM PDT by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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To: Grams A

I remember sitting in a bar, the Shandy Gaft, with a couple of buddies at Penn State doing “whippets”. This was in the early ‘70s. We had a reuseable whipped cream cannister, the kind restaurants use, where you just screwed in NO2 cartridges, one at a time. The other patrons (and the bouncers) couldn’t make up their minds if we were doing something illegal. So nobody bothered us.


27 posted on 03/23/2013 2:16:17 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: markomalley

I had some administered during one particularly long and tedious dental procedure. I don’t see where the real thrill would be to make it a hot item - more relaxing than exhilarating and the effects wear off about 10 breaths after the gas is turned off.


28 posted on 03/23/2013 3:56:25 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: loungitude

Thanks for the info, did not know that.
Makes perfect sense.


29 posted on 03/23/2013 1:53:16 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: markomalley
...its illegal use has spurred fatal car accidents, rapes and teen deaths - all in the name of a temporary high.

Heaven help us if something turns up that produces a long term or permanent high.

30 posted on 03/23/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Democrats--the party of Evil. Republicans--the party of Stupid.)
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