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Minako Komukai, sought on drug-related charges, flees country

Flower and Snake 3 (花と蛇3)
“Flower and Snake 3”

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of gravure idol and actress Minako Komukai for violations of the Stimulant Control Law, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Feb. 9).

On Tuesday, investigators revealed that Komukai has fled the country for the Philippines.

Komukai, 25, is suspected of purchasing kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, from an Iranian drug ring in Tokyo last summer. One member of the group, who was arrested in a bust in October, confessed that she was a regular customer.

Her Twitter account stopped being updated on January 14. The site The Real Live Web notes that one of her last public appearances included AV production company Soft On Demand’s porn awards show on December 18. She was also seen with director Takeshi Kitano on his TBS variety show 11 days later.

Last year, the actress starred in the SM film “Hana to Hebi 3” (Flower and Snake 3).

Komukai was previously arrested for use of stimulant drugs in January, 2009. She was later handed an 18-month sentence that was suspended for three years.