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Tokyo cops arrest Sumiyoshi-kai gangster for supplying Ecstasy to Aska

A Sumiyoshi-kai member allegedly sold Aska (pictured) 100 Ecstasy tablets
A Sumiyoshi-kai member allegedly sold Aska (pictured) 100 Ecstasy tablets (TV Asahi)

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of two suspects, including one organized crime member, for the alleged sale of drugs to troubled singer Aska, reports public broadcaster NHK (Aug. 21).

Officers took Masayoshi Yagyu, 64, and Takahiko Yasunari, 47, a member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, into custody for violating the Narcotics Control Law by selling 100 tablets of MDMA (also known as Ecstasy) to Asaka for 500,000 yen.

According to police, the transaction took place in March inside the garage of the home of Aska, 56, whose real name is Shigeaki Miyazaki.

On May 17, officers first arrested Aska, one half of the pop duo Chage and Aska, and 37-year-old acquaintance Kasumi Tochinai for possessing stimulant drugs at her apartment in Tokyo in April.

Police served the singer with a fresh arrest warrant on May 27 for using stimulant drugs. During a search of his home, officers found 90 MDMA pills.

Aska is scheduled to appear in court to face drug charges at the Tokyo District Court on August 28.