On July 14, the Naha District Court sentenced a 21-year-old U.S. Air Force serviceman stationed at Kadena Air Base to one year and six months imprisonment with forced labor for smuggling LSD, a synthetic drug, from the Netherlands. The charge is violation of the Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Act and the Customs Act. The sentence was rendered with the suspension of executing the sentence for three years.
During the trial, the defendant said, “I had a strong desire to quit the military, and I thought if I smuggled an illicit drug, I would be discharged immediately.” Presiding judge Ohashi Koji said while explaining the grounds for sentencing, “The motive stated by the defendant is difficult to understand in some respects, but in any case, it was a self-centered crime.”
According to the sentence, in June last year, the defendant sent a letter containing LSD (about 0.16 gram) from the Netherlands to the home of an acquaintance in the town of Kadena; thus, he smuggled the illegal drug. Customs officials found the drug during an inspection of mail at a post office in Kawasaki City [Kanagawa Prefecture].