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US serviceman arrested in Tokyo for suspected possession, use of LSD

TOKYO — A U.S. serviceman was arrested Oct. 19 on suspicion of possession and use of LSD in the capital, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Azabu Police Station.


The suspect, a Japan-based serviceman in his 20s, stands accused of violating the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations.


The charges against him include possession of three stamp-like pieces of LSD-soaked blotting paper in the Roppongi district in Tokyo’s Minato Ward on the morning of Oct. 9. A urine test he took apparently came back positive for LSD. He was quoted as telling police that he brought the drugs at a bar in Shinjuku on the night of Oct. 8.


According to the police station, the suspect was off duty when he visited the bar in the capital’s Shinjuku Ward on the night of Oct. 8. He is believed to have gone to Roppongi while heavily intoxicated after drinking alone. He was arrested on suspicion of assault after getting into trouble with a male worker in his 20s on a sidewalk at around 7:30 a.m. the following day and punching the worker in the face, leaving him with minor injuries.


(Japanese original by Kotaro Adachi, Tokyo City News Department)

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