Gang Members Accidentally Leave Amphetamines in Hotel Refrigerator on Checkout Day; Suspicious Mail Offer with Beijing and Shanghai Printed on Envelopes Sent to Elderly Japanese People

Gang Members Accidentally Leave Amphetamines in Hotel Refrigerator on Checkout Day, Handcuffed Upon Return
Yomiuri Shimbun: チェックアウト日に外出、ホテルの覚醒剤発覚
January 25, 2012

On the 25th, the Osaka Police arrested two gang members, one of them Kaiyō Kawaguchi (54, East Osaka City), for violating the Stimulant Drugs Control Act (for possession with intent to sell) by keeping a large quantity of amphetamines in their hotel room.

The two men went out that day not realizing they were due to check out. The hotel staff found the drugs in the safe while they were checking the room. The police confiscated 723 grams in all (for a retail price of ¥5780/$77) from the room and the parties involved, and they are investigating the case further on suspicion that the men belong to a secret drug dealing group.

According to the police report, the two conspired together with a 63-year old male acquaintance (who is being charged for a separate violation of the stimulants law). They are also suspected of keeping another 513 grams of amphetamines in an Osaka hotel last May 16. The two deny the allegations.

The two and their acquaintance spent about a week in the hotel. The night of the staff’s discovery, the acquaintance returned to the hotel and told the staff, “[my friends] forgot something important.” The staff replied to him, “The police are on their way.” He immediately ran away.

Suspicious Mail Offer from Beijing and Shanghai Sent to Elderly Japanese People
Yomiuri Shimbun: 「北京」「上海」…高齢者に不審な航空便
January 25, 2012

Three elderly people in West Yahata-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture were informed by mail that they could enter a lucrative contest if they sent their credit card information to Canada by return mail, the West Yahata Police Department announced on the 25th.

The police call for citizens to be careful: the mail appears to come from China, and it’s possible the senders have a new method for getting personal information.

Two women, ages 65 and 78, received the mail at the end of December, and a 74-year old man received the same letter in mid-January. “Beijing, China” was printed in English on the envelopes the women received, while the man’s had a cancelled stamp from Shanghai. The three all found the letter suspicious and turned it in to the police.

The return envelope included with the mailing has a Canadian address written on it.






(2012年1月25日20時35分 読売新聞)






(2012年1月25日21時16分 読売新聞)

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