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Yakuza not prosecuted over smuggling stimulant drugs in coffee bags

TOKYO (TR) – Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of a member of a criminal syndicate over the alleged smuggling of stimulant drugs inside coffee bags earlier this year, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 127).

In April, Akihiro Kato, 60, and an accomplice, also a gang member, allegedly attempted to smuggle 2 kilograms of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, concealed inside bags of coffee beans into Japan from Los Angeles.

The drugs have a street value of 120 million yen, police said previously.

Akihiro Kato
Akihiro Kato (Twitter)

On Thursday, prosecutors with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the non-prosecution of Kato. The non-prosecution was due to insufficient evidence, the office said.

Upon his arrest in July, Kato denied the allegations. “I do not recall [the matter],” the suspect was quoted by police, who had previously arrested the accomplice.

A customs official discovered the contraband placed inside a suitcase in the possession of Kato and the other suspect upon their arrival on the same flight at Haneda Airport.