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Nesquehoning police

Published September 21. 2013 09:00AM

Nesquehoning police have charged Carmen Lanza, 61, of Drexel Hill, Delaware County, for having nitrous oxide.

Lanza is charged with the sale or illegal use of certain solvents or noxious substances.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, at about 1:30 a.m. July 25, Officer Carl Breiner was dispatched to a noise complaint at the Lantern Motor Lodge at 1257 E. Catawissa St.

Upon arrival, he saw that the door to room 18 was standing open. Breiner approached to speak to the occupants, and saw a green compressed gas cylinder with a piece of tubing attached to the valve.

Breiner spoke to Lanza, one of the room's occupants. Upon inspection, the cylinder was clearly labeled as containing nitrous oxide. Lanza admitted having the gas in order to inhale it and "get buzzed."

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