German arrested for smuggling stimulants into Japan: reports

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A 47-year-old German man has been arrested for trying to smuggle into Japan about 2.2 kilogrammes of stimulant drugs with an estimated street value of 2.4 million dollars, media reports said Friday.

The drugs were found in the false bottom of Thomas Knauf's suitcase when he arrived in Hiroshima, western Japan, from Seoul on September 12, Kyodo news agency, several newspapers and the public broadcaster NHK reported.

The press office of the Hiroshima prefecture's police was not immediately available to confirm the reports.

Knauf has told investigators that he had no knowledge that the drugs were in his suitcase, the reports said.

In July, an American man was arrested for carrying about three kilogrammes of stimulants when he arrived in Japan by way of Dubai and Seoul as Knauf did.

Hiroshima police were looking into the possibility of a drug-smuggling racket operating on the route, the reports said.

© 2010 AFP

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