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Largest Ever Cache of Stimulants Seized in Naha

Date Posted: 2000-03-10

Officers from The Tokyo Metropolitan Police and Okinawa Prefecture Police seized 218 kg of stimulant drugs in a raid into a house in Naha City. This is the largest amount of stimulants ever seized in one raid in Japan. Police estimated the street value of the drugs at ¥13.1 billion. The police arrested five people in connection with the drug, including the owner of the house, two Okinawan men and two men from Tokyo.

Investigators believe that the drugs were brought to Naha via Miyako Island. They suspect that the drugs were brought to a point off Miyako with a ship, then transferred by a fishing boat to Miyako and loaded into the house owner’s car, which was then transported to Aja Port in Naha by ferry on February 29th. The house owner took an airplane to Naha and picked his car at the port. The car had earlier been taken to Miyako on the 25th.

The drugs were reportedly packed into bags marked in Chinese writing, and containing animal feed. Investigators believe that the drugs originated in some Southeast Asian country. Investigation into their origin continues.

All five men in custody deny having any knowledge of the contents of the bags. But investigators have found that the two Tokyo men had offered to pay the house owner ¥20 million for bringing the bags to Naha. Of that amount, they had reportedly paid ¥15 million with the promise to pay the remaining ¥5 million after the stimulants had been sold.

Police are still grilling the five in order to find out how, and through whom, the drugs were transferred to Miyako.

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