A Hounslow teenager has been charged with drugs offences following a police operation at a shop which uncovered thousands of suspected nitrous oxide canisters.

The former "legal highs", also known as laughing gas, were banned under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

Surrey Heath neighbourhood officers made the discovery at Dimons Convenience Store in Frimley Road, Camberley, Surrey, on February 9 this year.

It followed a test purchase operation and a Surrey Police investigation followed, including the arrest of a man believed to be involved.

Hashmeet Kapoor, 19, from Hounslow, has been charged with two counts of possession with intent to supply and one count of supplying a psychoactive substance.

He will appear at Staines Magistrates' Court on April 11.

Following the discovery in February, Surrey Heath Neighbourhood Inspector Bob Darkens said: “I would like to reassure Surrey Heath residents any information we receive about the sale or use of illegal substances in our local communities will be acted upon thoroughly and swiftly.

"I would also like to remind owners of licensed premises that if they are caught selling illegal substances, they face prosecution and a review of their premises licence."

A 43-year-old man who was questioned by police has been released with no further action.

Anyone who has information about the use and sale of illegal drugs in their area should report it to police on 101, or to be anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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