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.

Original/原稿:
チェックアウト日に外出、ホテルの覚醒剤発覚

 ホテルで大量の覚醒剤を所持したとして、大阪府警は25日、暴力団組員・川口博海容疑者(54)(大阪府東大阪市)ら2人を覚醒剤取締法違反(営利目的共同所持)容疑で逮捕した、と発表した。

 チェックアウトの日であることを忘れて外出中、従業員が室内の金庫から覚醒剤を発見したという。府警は関係先も含めて計723グラム(末端価格5780万円)を押収、大がかりな密売組織とみて調べる。

 発表では、2人は知人の男(63)(別の覚醒剤取締法違反で起訴)と共謀。昨年5月16日、大阪市内のホテルで、覚醒剤513グラムを密売目的で所持した疑い。2人とも否認している。

 2人と知人の男は約1週間前から宿泊。同日夜、ホテルに戻った男が従業員に「大事な物を忘れた」と申し出たが、「警察が来ている」と言われ、逃走したという。

(2012年1月25日20時35分 読売新聞)

「北京」「上海」…高齢者に不審な航空便

 福岡県警八幡西署は25日、高額な懸賞にエントリーできるなどとして、クレジットカード番号などを送るよう求めるエアメール(航空郵便)が、北九州市八幡西区の高齢者3人に相次いで届いていたと発表した。

 いずれも中国からとみられ、同署は個人情報を入手するための新たな手口である可能性もあるとみて、注意を呼びかけている。

 同署によると、昨年12月下旬に65歳と78歳の女性宅、今月中旬に男性(74)宅に届いた。女性2人の封筒には英語で「中国・北京」との印刷があり、男性のは上海の消印だった。不審に思った3人が届け出た。

 同封された返信用封筒には、いずれもカナダの住所が書かれていた。

(2012年1月25日21時16分 読売新聞)

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