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Cops: Joliet teen arrested on NW Side with laughing gas, Ecstasy and balloons

A Joliet teenager had two tanks of laughing gas and two bags of balloons when police arrested him on Chicago’s Northwest Side on Saturday night, prosecutors said.

The 17-year-old boy, whom the Tribune is not naming because he is under 18 and is not charged with a violent felony, pulled away from police as they tried to arrest him in the Belmont Cragin area and an officer shocked him with a Taser, according to a police report.

Officers, who first encountered the boy in the rear of a car in the 4700 block of West Fullerton Avenue, found a plastic bag containing with 10 Ecstasy pills, along with the balloons and nitrous oxide, police said. Balloons can be used to inhale the gas, which is commonly used as a dental anesthetic.  

On Sunday, Cook County Judge Adam Bourgeois Jr. ordered him held on $25,000 bail on charges of Ecstasy possession, manufacture or delivery of nitrous oxide and resisting arrest.

The teenager cried as sheriff’s deputies ushered him from the courtroom. “Stop crying,” one of the deputies ordered.

dhinkel@tribune.com

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