BEIJING (TR) – Chinese police on Tuesday handed over Ryuji Hasegawa, a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group wanted on drug charges, to Japanese law enforcement at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, reports public broadcaster NHK (Sept. 24).
The transfer came after Japanese police issued a request through Interpol. In August, Hasegawa had been taken into custody for staying illegally in Guangzhou, China.
In May of 2008, a court in Fuzhou sentenced Hasegawa to two years in prison for drug offenses. In addition to drug charges, Hasegawa has a criminal record in Japan for murder and robbery.
“We will crack down severely on any future trend of drug smuggling by Japanese nationals,” a Chinese law enforcement official is quoted.
After being handed over to Japanese police officers at the airport, Hasegawa boarded a flight for Japan.