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Cannabis dealer busted in Naha

Date Posted: 2010-11-04

A mainland Japanese man has been arrested in Naha City on charges of possessing and selling cannabis in Japan and Okinawa for nearly a decade.

The 45-year-old temporary worker at Nagano Azumino City office was nailed by a task force from Kyushu Police Public Welfare Station and the Okinawa Drug Control Branch. Yasumasa Kitamura is accused of selling 30 grams of cannabis to a 38-year-old man in Naha City on July 6th, and picking up a •105,000 ($1,329) payment for the transaction. Heís also suspected of possessing 4.3 kilograms of cannabis in his Nagano home in August.

Police say Kitamura secretly sold the cannabis for •3,600 per gram over the past nine years, and selling other 10-gram units totaling 5.7kg over the three years before his arrest. Cops say those transactions netted Kitamura •20 million ($253,165).

Cannabis is a flowering plant indigenous to Central and Southeast Asia thatís long been used for hemp fiber, for seeds and seed oils, for medicinal purposes and as a recreational drug. The cannabis hemp often produces high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, that gives users a euphoric sense. Cannabis is also used to produce hashish and hash oil.

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