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Customs Agents Seize LSD Smuggled in Gorbachev Stickers

September 27, 1989

DUESSELDORF, West Germany (AP) _ Customs agents arrested two West Germans trying to smuggle in LSD soaked into stickers bearing the image of Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev, authorities said Wednesday.

Agents at the Elten-Emmerich border crossing near Holland found 130 sheets of LSD-treated paper with Gorbachev’s image stamped on to look like decals, according to the regional customs office.

Two West German workers with the Civilian Service, the government’s alternative to compulsory military service, were taken into custody after a search of their car turned up the contraband Monday.

The Gorbachev stamps were similar to previous drug-smuggling attempts in which pictures of Batman, Goofy and E.T. have been used to disguise LSD doses.

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