Feds Raid 17 Local Businesses for Nitrous Oxide — Sara Welch Reports
“We have a green light.”
The law moved in — on this business in Cerritos.
“It’s about time they are doing something about this,” neighbor says.
BPG performance claims it sells NOS or nitrous oxide — as a performance enhancer for racing.
“We see a lot of traffic coming in and out.” neighbor says.
Other retailers in the complex who watched the raid go down told us what they’ve witnessed here.
“We’ve seen them one day coming out and they were sitting there huffing a balloon.”
The tanks were seized the tanks as part of Operation No Laughing matter.
“This is a very cheap drug that can be had very easily.”
Some 300 local and federal agents teamed up in 3 counties — executing 20 search warrants at businesses like this one accused of illegally selling nitrous for recreational drug use.
“It’s extremely dangerous. You could die from inhaling too much nitrous oxide.”
At sheriff’s headquarters — we got a look at some of the confiscated evidence that netted 7 arrests — 36 thousand pounds of the gas with an estimated street value of 10 to 20 million dollars.
“The people standing here before you are letting those traffic know were prosecute you and put you in jail when warranted,” Andre Birotte Jr. US Attorney/Central District of California.
Investigators are seeing an alarming spike in the use of the gas at illegal parties advertised on social media sites. children as young as 13 getting high.
We found a used balloon in the driveway of the busted business in Cerritos.
At 5 to 10 bucks a pop — Noz makes for a cheap high.
But one at the high cost of harming children and endangering the community and parents need to be aware.
“When you are hurting kids and you knowingly sell it to the wrong crowd this needs to be stopped.”
— Sara Welch KTLA 5 news.