Police investigation launched after cargo of nitrous oxide canisters discovered in Ribble Valley
Police were called out yesterday after a large box of the so called 'laughing gas' canisters were found in Whalley.
Officers responded after receiving a report of a vehicle seen unloading items and then leaving the area.
After a quick area search they found a large box and rucksack containing a large amount of nitrous oxide canisters.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is classed as a psychoactive substance and, if inhaled directly from the canister, can cause the throat muscles to spasm and if not treated quickly can cause unconsciousness or death.
The Psychoactive Substance Act 2016 has made it illegal for anyone to sell nitrous oxide for human consumption.
Ribble Valley police are now making further inquiries to trace the vehicle. Anyone who wishes to speak to police about this type of incident is advised to call 101 and if they require more information on drugs and the law they are asked to use the following link http://orlo.uk/sDAEr