CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol confiscated nearly 1,000 pounds of nitrous oxide from a New York man who was stopped in Summit County.
According to the OSHP, 41-year-old Evangelos R. Scullion of Dansville, N.Y. is now facing felony drug charges after he was stopped on the Ohio Turnpike on April 3.
Scullion, who was driving a rented 2017 Ford Expedition, was initially pulled over for a marked lanes violation.
An OSHP drug-sniffing canine alerted criminal indicators in Scullion's vehicle. Troopers then discovered a bag of marijuana and 939 pounds of nitrous oxide valued at approximately $177,471.
If convicted, Scullion faces up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for felonious trafficking in harmful intoxicants.
Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," can give a drug user feelings of euphoria. The compound is also used as a performance-enhancer in cars.