OKINAWA (TR) – Okinawa Prefectural Police have arrested four civilians employed at the Kadena Air Base for the import, use and possession of illegal drugs in Okinawa City, reports the Asahi Shimbun (June 1).
According to the Okinawa Police Station, Milton King, a 51-year-old shop employee, allegedly imported 28 grams of kakuseizai, or stimulant drugs, with a street value of 1.96 million yen from the U.S. via postal mail on April 2.
King admits to the allegations, telling police that he imported the contraband for his personal use.
Ten days later, Brevon Key, a 23-year-old co-worker of King, was found to be in possession of 23 grams of marijuana inside his residence in the Misato area.
As a part of the same case, police also arrested Amina Miyagi, a 31-year-old female acquaintance of King, for the use and possession of stimulant drugs and Jeff Robertson, a 24-year-old restaurant employee, for the possession of marijuana.
All four persons are currently under prosecution.
The bust comes two weeks after the arrest of Kenneth Shinzato, a 32-year-old former U.S. Marine also employed at the Kadena Air Base, for dumping the body of Rina Shimabukuro. Shinzato has admitted to the charges. He also confessed to raping and murdering Shimabukuro before abandoning her body.
Tensions in Okinawa had already been simmering over the March 13 arrest of 24-year-old U.S. Navy sailor Justin Castellanos, who is suspected of sexually assaulting a woman in her 40s while she was asleep at a hotel.