A large-scale illegal business "laughing gas" case was sentenced in Shanghai
Xinhua News Agency, Shanghai, 15 Nov (Reporter Lan Tianming) A large-scale illegal business "laughing gas" case was sentenced in Shanghai a few days ago. The two defendants were sentenced to nine years' imprisonment, five years and six months' imprisonment and fines of 2.5 million yuan and 400000 yuan, respectively.
In 2015, Zhuang registered a company to sell baking products online. Soon, he found that some guests would continue to buy large quantities of nitrous oxide (nitrous oxide) gas, which is actually used very little to dispose of cream. Later, he asked the guests and found that their purpose was to smoke personally.
Since 2016, Zhuang has been looking for major dealers to buy nitrous oxide in large quantities and sell it to individuals through WeChat, online stores and other ways. In August 2017, Zhuang went to the United States to look for suppliers to pick up the goods directly.
In addition to selling "laughing gas" to agents such as Zhang, Zhuang also recruited sales agents to set up warehouses in big cities such as Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen, forming a "laughing gas" sales network all over the country.
In March 2018, Zhuang set up a studio in an apartment in Jing'an District, Shanghai, and recruited Xiao and Qi as sales customer service. He sent advertisements through WeChat to sell "laughing gas" to people all over the country for consumption. At the same time, it also manages and keeps accounts for warehouses all over the country. Just three months after its establishment, the studio has a turnover of 10 million yuan and a net profit of more than 1 million yuan.
In June 2018, Qingpu public security organs arrested a person smoking "laughing gas" in a hotel, and the case occurred. Public security organs in Zhuang a leased warehouse, studio and other places to seize three brands of nitrous oxide 1726 cases, account books, inhaling laughing gas cream bottles, balloons and other items involved in the case.
The prosecutor said that nitrous oxide is highly addictive, after smoking is harmful to the human body, long-term and large amounts of smoking can cause anemia and central nervous system damage, resulting in brain function damage, paralysis, and even death.
In June 2019, the Shanghai Qingpu District Procuratorate prosecuted the case, accusing defendants Zhuang and Zhang of illegally operating nitrous oxide without obtaining a license for the operation of dangerous chemicals in violation of state regulations. They should be investigated for criminal responsibility for the crime of illegal business operation. Among them, Zhuang's illegal business amount exceeded 23 million yuan, and Zhang's illegal business amount exceeded 2.6 million yuan.
In September 2019, the Shanghai Qingpu District people's Court issued a judgment of first instance that defendants Zhuang and Zhang committed the crime of illegal business operation and were sentenced to fixed-term imprisonment of nine years, five years and six months, and a fine of 2.5 million yuan and 400000 yuan.