Pubdate: Sunday, March 21, 2004
Source: Japan Times, The (Japan)
Copyright: © Japan Times
Two arrested over huge pot stash
BAGUIO, Philippines (AFP-Jiji) Two Japanese were arrested in the northern Philippines for possession of 1,360 kg of marijuana, an amount which could see them face the death penalty, police said Saturday.
Shunsuke Tamazaki, 32, and Yohei Saito, 21, were arrested after they were allegedly found with marijuana bricks at a checkpoint in the mountain town of Bontoc on Friday, Senior Superintendent Eugene Martin said.
Drug laws in the Philippines provide for capital punishment for possession of as little as 500 grams of marijuana.
Provincial director Chief Superintendent Rowland Albano said police were investigating if the pair was planning to transport the marijuana to Japan.
The Japanese Embassy told the Philippine police that Japanese customs experts were planning to come to the country to discuss the smuggling of illegal drugs from the northern mountain regions to Japan.