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Former U.S. civilian base employee convicted in Okinawa over marijuana

  • December 2, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times , p. 25
  • JMH Translation

On Dec. 1, the Naha District Court sentenced a former U.S. civilian base employee (age 40) to four years and four months in prison with hard labor and a one million yen fine (the public prosecutor requested five years in prison and a one million yen fine). The defendant was convicted of obtaining marijuana from a former Umi Town Assembly member in Fukuoka Prefecture (age 43) and selling it to a total of 20 U.S. civilian base employees and high school students in Okinawa Prefecture for profit. The court also convicted the assembly member. When rendering the sentence, presiding judge Hironobu Ono said, “The defendant harmed many by passing marijuana on to them.”


According to the ruling, the defendant trafficked marijuana to his acquaintances at prices about twice what he paid to purchase it. Some of the marijuana was resold by his underage son to boys, something that “should be strongly condemned,” the presiding judge said. (Abridged)

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