TOKYO (TR) – Osaka Customs and the Osaka Harbor Police Department announced on Wednesday the arrest of two men for violating the stimulants control law, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 9).
Yukio Nishimura, a 60-year-old member of an organized crime group, and Yozo Fujita, 42, were taken into custody for attempting to smuggle 1.7 kilograms of stimulant drugs through the Osaka International Ferry Terminal.
According to the Mainichi Broadcasting System, on January 19, Nishimura entered the country from a ferry that departed from Shanghai, China with a suitcase containing the drugs, which were inside 10 plastic bags. Police estimate the value of the drugs to be 135 million yen.
Nishimura has reportedly denied the allegations, telling police he was asked to only look after a suitcase by a Chinese man and woman. Fujita, however, has admitted involvement, saying he heard that Nishimura had paid 1 million yen.