OSAKA (TR) – A former organized crime boss has been arrested over the alleged trafficking in a large quantity of stimulant drugs, investigative sources revealed on Monday, reports the Sankei Shimbun (June 13).
On May 21, the Kinki Narcotics Control Department raided a mountain lodge in Ibaraki City and found about 850 grams of stimulant drugs (valued at 60 million yen) in a safe and 2,000 syringes.
Police arrested Akihito Konomi, a 60-year-old former boss of an affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi, for violating the Stimulants Control Law regarding trafficking.
The lodge became a location of interest after an investigation that began last year revealed it to be a safekeeping location for drugs.
Until last fall, Konomi served a Yamaguchi-gumi boss. However, police suspect that the gang still participated in the trafficking due to the large quantity of contraband seized.
According to the department, the amount of drugs seized in 2016 is on pace to surpass the figure for last year, reports Fuji News Network (June 13).