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Construction exec busted for smuggling 9 billion yen in drugs through Fukuoka

TOKYO (TR) – Kyushu prefectural law enforcement announced on Saturday the arrest of five suspects, including the president of a construction machinery company, for the alleged smuggling of stimulant drugs through Fukuoka earlier this month, reports public broadcaster NHK (Dec. 23).

On December 3, officers from the prefecture’s narcotics control department and the Hakata customs office took president Ryuji Kitamura, and four foreign nationals from Canada, the United States, Serbia, and Vietnam for concealing 110 kilograms of stimulant drugs inside construction machinery loaded onto a container ship that arrived at Hakata Port.

According to investigators, the drugs have a street value of nine billion yen.

The drugs were discovered inside the cylindrical section of an asphalt paving roller machine that was scheduled to be forwarded to Kitamura’s company.