These guys found their cheep balloons, and end up getting arrested in Manchester. Watch your stuff boys and girls.
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Two arrested on drug charges outside “Furthur” concert
Published Nov 4, 2011 at 10:42 am (Updated Nov 4, 2011)
MANCHESTER - Two men were arrested Thursday night on various drug offenses after officers saw one of them take a hit of “laughing gas” near the Verizon Wireless Arena where the rock band, “Furthur,” was performing, police said.
Police said officers were patrolling the area about 6:30 p.m. due to large crowds attending the concert. Witnesses told them about drug dealing taking place in the area of Depot and Elm streets
Officers went there and found a crowd gathered around a nitrous oxide (laughing gas) tank in front of a parked vehicle. Several people were filling balloons with the gas from the tank.
As the officers approached, police said the group scattered, including a man who had a bunch of balloons in one hand and a single balloon in the other.
Police said that man, identified as Michael McNamara, 43, of Lowell, Mass., breathed in the contents of the single balloon which contained nitrous oxide or “laughing gas.”
McNamara allegedly paid $5 for the balloon. He also allegedly had two marijuana cigarettes on him. He was arrested and charged with inhaling toxc vapors for effect and possession of a controlled drug.
While McNamara was being arrested, other people took off down Hampshire Lane with the nitrous oxide tank. When officers reached the area, people were “hastily leaving,” according to a press release. One officer was able to detain Daniel Beauchemin, 33, of Enfield, Conn.
Police said Beauchemin had four individual baggies of hallucinogenic mushrooms on him and, when the officer discovered them, he took off running. Beauchemin was tackled by an officer in a parking lot at Auburn and Elm streets. He allegedly continued to struggle with officers and was pepper sprayed and then cuffed. Police said they found an additional 7 small baggies of marijuana on him.
Beauchemin is charged with possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and resisting arrest.
Nitrous oxide is used in dentistry and surgery as anesthesia. The nickname “laughing gas” is because of its euphoric effects.