West Germany: More Bad Chemistry

More Bad Chemistry

The noxious cloud hanging over Imhausen-Chemie keeps growing thicker. Under fire for its alleged complicity in the building of a poison-gas factory in Libya, the West German chemical company is besieged by criticism from its own employees, who fear their jobs will be lost unless President Jurgen Hippenstiel-Imhausen resigns. Two weeks ago Imhausen's second-in-command took a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt. Now comes news that the firm is involved in the illegal production and sale of MDMA, a designer drug commonly known as "ecstasy."

German prosecutors say Imhausen has supplied U.S. drug traffickers with 374 lbs. of MDMA, worth...

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