The Tokyo Reporter

Tokyo cops: Yakuza concealed drugs in crackers

Mamoru Nakane

KANAGAWA (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the re-arrest of two organized crime members for the possession of a variety of contraband, including stimulant drugs concealed inside crackers, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 6).

In a search of an office of an office of the Inagawa-kai, police discovered 1.5 kilograms of stimulant drugs, 20 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of cocaine and 2,800 syringes. The stimulant drugs, which had been hidden inside boxes of sembei crackers, are estimated to have a street value of 100 million yen.

Police subsequently arrested Mamoru Nakane, a 63-year-old boss of a gang affiliated with the Inagawa-kai, and fellow gang member Yoshihiko Aono, 50, for possession of illegal drugs.

Nakane denies the allegations.

Both suspects had previously been arrested in September for smuggling stimulant drugs from China into Japan inside chocolate.

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