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Pubdate: Sunday, 6 February 2000
Source: Japan Times
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Copyright: © 2000 Japan Times
Website: http://www.japantimes.co.jp

Four held after boat yields 250 kg of amphetamines

MATSUE, Shimane Pref. (Kyodo) Four men were arrested in Yunotsu, Shimane Prefecture, early Saturday on suspicion of trying to smuggle about 250 kg of amphetamines into Japan, police said. Kenzo Shimode, 62, two other unnamed crew members of the fishing vessel Eifuku Maru, and Yuki Kai, 35, of Tokyo, who allegedly came to Yunotsu port to pick up the drugs, were arrested on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of ¥15 billion [US$140 million], were found packed in more than 30 boxes aboard the ship while it was anchored at the port, police said. The ship arrived Friday night, according to Shimane and Yamaguchi police.

[picture caption:]
A POLICE OFFICER stands guard Saturday over 250 kg of confiscated amphetamines at Shimonoseki Station in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The drugs were seized by authorities that day from a fishing boat docked in Yunotsu, Shimane Prefecture.

Japan Times,
February 6, 2000

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