Jobless man arrested for smuggling stimulants from Manila

CHIBA -- A jobless man who smuggled a massive amount of stimulants into Japan from the Philippines late last month has been arrested, Chiba Prefectural Police said.

Investigators are grilling the 38-year-old man, whose name was not immediately disclosed, suspecting that a large drug smuggling network is behind the incident.

In the specific case for which he was arrested, the man smuggled about 10 kilograms of stimulants, worth some 600 million yen, from Manila via Narita Airport. This is the largest amount of stimulants smuggled through the airport since the beginning of this year, according to police.

Customs officers detected the illegal drugs in a cardboard box sent from Manila during an X-ray test at Narita Airport, and alerted Chiba Prefectural Police.

The prefectural police in turn posted investigators to a location to which the mail item was addressed, and took the man into custody on Oct. 31 when he showed up to the place to receive the box. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, Nov. 21, 2003)

21/11/2003

Bron : Mainichi Interactive

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