CHIBA (TR) – Two male British nationals have been accused in the smuggling of more than 300 million yen in stimulant drugs into Japan from Turkey earlier this month, police said on Friday, reports Chiba Nippo (Mar. 25).
On March 3, an X-ray inspection of suitcases belonging to the British nationals, both 22, revealed about five kilograms of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, concealed inside upon their arrival at Narita International Airport on a flight from the U.K. via Turkey.
The suitcases were outfitted with a double-panel structure so that the drugs, which have an estimated street value of 340 million yen, could be concealed along the inner sides.
The suspects told police that they were instructed by a male acquaintance in Britain to deliver the suitcases to a hotel in Tokyo in exchange for 1,500 British pounds and travel expenses. They both claimed to not know drugs were inside the luggage.
The suspects were prosecuted at the Chiba District Court on Friday for violating customs and stimulants control laws.