Man sentenced for Selling nitrous oxide capsules
Busan District Court sentenced a male suspect to eight months in prison with two years of probation for violating the chemicals control act following a ban on selling and circulating nitrous oxide for inhalation last August.
The suspect was brought to the trial on charges of selling 3,300 nitrous oxide capsules on 29 occasions including exchanging 50 nitrous oxide capsules for 70,000 won to a guest in a motel in Cheonan City of South Choongcheung province last August.
Nitrous oxide is a chemical substance used for a variety of reasons including medical anesthetics, and used in whipping cream dispensers.
The subject of “happy balloons” became a hot topic in Korea last spring when bars in Gangnam and Hongdae were selling the laughing gas filled balloons from between 3,000 to 5,000 won.