Man Caught Selling 'Laughing Gas' Balloons Outside Irving Plaza, Police Say

By Heather Holland on June 18, 2014 7:01am 

 A man was arrested for selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide near Irving Plaza.
A man was arrested for selling balloons filled with nitrous oxide near Irving Plaza.
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UNION SQUARE — A man was arrested for selling balloons filled with laughing gas outside of a Disco Biscuits concert at Irving Plaza, the NYPD said.

Police spotted 22-year-old Carlos Holguin filling balloons from a nitrous oxide tank and selling them to concert patrons on Irving Place between East 15th and 16th streets at 2:15 a.m. June 13, police said. 

Holguin held up a balloon filled with the gas and offered it to the officer, saying, “four for $20?” before the officer arrested him, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s criminal complaint.

Holguin was charged with unlawful use of nitrous oxide for intoxication and unlicensed general vending, both misdemeanors, according to the criminal complaint. He did not have a license from the Department of Consumer Affairs to sell the balloons, the DA's office said.

His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. He is due back in court on July 23.

Irving Plaza declined to comment.

Other notable crimes that occurred in the 13th Precinct include:

► A woman was arrested after she ordered $59.88 worth of food and drink at the 40/40 Club and couldn’t pay for it, police said.

Chloe Nworjih, 30, was arrested at about 12:40 p.m. on June 12 because she didn’t have the money to pay, police said.

She was charged with failure to pay for services.

Her attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. She is due back in court on July 24.

The 40/40 Club did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

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