Matsuba-kai yakuza member arrested for smuggling stimulant drugs through Haneda Airport

Matsuba-kai yakuza member arrested for smuggling stimulant drugs through Haneda Airport

Investigators are determining whether the contraband is a source of gang funds

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday took a yakuza member into custody for using a woman to import stimulant drugs through Haneda Airport in Tokyo, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 22).

Officers from the anti-organized crime division of the metropolitan police arrested and indicted Nobuyuki Toriumi, 40, a member of the Matsuba-kai criminal syndicate, for violating stimulants control and customs laws. Investigators are now attempting to determine whether the contraband was being used as a source of funds for the Matsuba-kai.

Police said Toriumi denied the allegations.

According to the indictment, the suspect allegedly instructed a female Japanese national in her 20s to carry 1,390 grams of stimulant drugs, with an estimated street value of 111.2 million yen, inside a carry-on suitcase during a flight from Hong Kong to Haneda Airport on August 14. The drugs were hidden inside an aluminum can.

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