A man of Mexican nationality has been detained in Japan for trying to introduce to the country some 5.4 kilos of stimulants hidden under his underwear and other pendas, in one of the latest cases of the growing arrival of drug trafficking mules to the airport of Tokyo Haneda.
The detainee has been identified as Victor Manuel Ramos Rodríguez50 years old, who was intercepted by customs authorities upon his arrival in Japan on January 28 from a French airport, according to the local public broadcaster this Friday. NHK.
Ramos hid the stimulants in eleven different bags that he placed in hidden pockets in his underwear and vestwith the apparent purpose of bringing them into the country for sale, where it is estimated that the price of the seized drugs could have reached 339 million yen (about $2.2 million), according to the police.
Japanese authorities believe that national and foreign criminal organizations are involved in the incident and have decided to continue investigating the matter, said the aforementioned media.
Haneda Airport has seen an increase in these cases since the strict immigration restrictions that the country imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic were relaxed, and this year’s rate has already exceeded that of last year, so customs authorities are strengthening their measures.
Recently, a snow storm in the country caused the cancellation of nearly a hundred domestic flights to or from the two airports in Tokyo, Haneda and Narita, according to Japanese airlines Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways.
More than 240 people were taken to hospitals in Tokyo and nearby prefectures, mostly due to falls, after the Japanese capital suffered heavy snowfall this Monday and Tuesday, according to data from the Fire Department.
(With information from EFE)