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Archive for Monday, December 17, 2012

40 years ago: Couple arrested after pills-for-tire deal falls flat

December 17, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 17, 1972:

  • Arrests had been made and charges filed after an incident this week where a motorist had attempted to trade pills, believed to be LSD, for a new tire. A man and woman in a car with California tags had stopped at a service station near Ninth and Iowa, where they had attempted the exchange. After declining the trade, the station attendant had notified police of the couple, whose car was later stopped on the Kansas Turnpike in Leavenworth County. Terry Campbell, Leavenworth County deputy sheriff, said that about 2,700 tablets had been found in the search of the two persons and their card, with about 2,500 pills found in the lining of the coat the woman had been wearing. The tablets had been packed in groups of approximately 100 in small plastic bags.
  • The number of Lawrence children registered for the "Toys for Tots" program was the largest in local history, but the toy donations had been slow to arrive so far, said Douglas County Red Cross director Jo Byers. The toys collected so far all were used, and many of them were in poor condition, Byers said.

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