Saitama cops nab yakuza in marijuana bust

Police seized 250 marijuana plants from a residence in Soka City
Police seized 250 marijuana plants from a residence in Soka City

SAITAMA (TR) – Saitama Prefectural Police have arrested two organized crime members for operating a grow house for marijuana in Soka City, reports TV Asahi (May 26).

On Wednesday, police raided a residence and seized 200 marijuana plants under cultivation and another 50 in dried form.

Police subsequently Ryuichi Komatsu, a 37-year-old member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, and one other gang member with possession and cultivation of marijuana.

Komatsu admits to both charges. “I cultivated (the plants) for my own smoking,” the suspect is quoted by police.

Police are now investigating whether the purpose of the operation was in fact to sell the illegal drug.

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