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American man and woman rearrested for smuggling marijuana

  • April 13, 2019
  • , Yomiuri , p. 27
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The Yokohama Customs and the Kanagawa Prefectural Police announced on April 12 the rearrest on April 11 of an American man and woman on the charge of violating the Cannabis Control Act (jointly smuggling the contraband item for profit). The allegation is that the suspects smuggled marijuana from the U.S. by using the military postal system for unofficial business.

 

Arrested were Davis Jules Kylie [phonetic], 28 years old, of Hirasaku, Yokosuka City (indicted for violating the Cannabis Control Act) and Moss Faith Franky Yunail [phonetic], 21 years old, of Maboricho, Yokosuka City. According to the announcement, on Feb 28 the two suspects allegedly smuggled 6.7 kg of marijuana (with a street value of about 33.7 million yen) for profit. Both suspects have denied the charge, saying, they “didn’t  know it was marijuana.”

 

U.S. military servicemen and civilians use the military postal system. Packages mailed for official use are exempt from postal inspection, but those for unofficial use are inspected. Through the military postal service the suspects mailed a cardboard box to the personal post office box of Moss’s mother, who works on the U.S. Navy Yokosuka base as a civilian. On March 1 Yokohama Customs discovered marijuana inside the box during an inspection.

 

The police replaced the marijuana with an item that resembled it and put the package under surveillance. Investigators confirmed that Moss received the package and brought it to Davis’s house. The police arrested the suspects on March 21 and 22 for violating the Special Laws Concerned with Preventing the Aiding and Abetting of Narcotics Use or Trafficking (jointly possessing marijuana). The suspects were rearrested after they had been released without indictment after the first arrest. Investigators searched Davis’s house and found marijuana inside a container. Davis was also arrested and indicted for violating the Cannabis Control Act.

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