Pubdate: Thursday, 15 June 2000
Source: Japan Times, The (Japan)
Copyright: © 2000 Japan Times
Note: ¥ (JPY) 15 million is about US$150,000.
¥ 15 million cannabis arrest made
NARITA (Kyodo) A 23-year-old American man has been arrested on suspicion
of trying to smuggle about 1.9 kg of cannabis resin through Narita
airport, police and customs officials said Wednesday.
Maxwell Oglesby is suspected of carrying and trying to smuggle the drug,
which has an estimated street value of ¥15 million, in violation of the
Cannabis Control Law, the authorities said.
According to investigations, Oglesby was allegedly carrying the drug in
his suitcase when he arrived at Narita airport on May 26 from Bangkok
via Hong Kong.
Customs officers discovered the drug through an X-ray inspection after
noticing the shape of the suitcase was strange. Six pieces of cannabis
resin were found wrapped in plastic hidden in the bottom of his
suitcase, they said.
Oglesby reportedly told investigators he needed the money because he had
used up all his cash in Thailand, where he had been staying since
He was supposed to be paid the equivalent of $4,000 to transport the
drug, they said.
The Japan Times