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Dependent busted off-base for illegal drug use

Date Posted: 2008-03-03

The civilian dependent husband of an Air Force NCO has been arrested and charged with using illegal drugs.
A police raid on a home in Yomitan led to the implication of the 42-year-old dependent, identified by police as Manuel D. Taitano, early Saturday. Taitano was initially detained at the Prefecture Police Station in Naha City, then arrested after positive urine tests were confirmed. A police spokeswoman says Taitano had been visiting Yuichi Mekaruís home in the Yomitan Furugen district when investigators entered the residence. The 29-year-old Mekaru was arrested and charged with receiving illegal stimulants.
Taitano told police he is married to an Air Force service member, and that he both works and resides on Kadena Air Base. In addition to his and Mekaruís arrest, police also apprehended a third man, Ryo Shinjo. The dependentís arrest off-base came during a lockdown of all SOFA status personnel, which had ordered all military personnel, government civilian workers and dependents restricted to base.

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