Japan’s Ryukyu News reported on the 22nd that people involved in the investigation of the case revealed on the 21st that the Okinawa Customs and the County Police Organized Crime Response Section investigated and arrested a number of U.S. military-related personnel, accusing them of smuggling marijuana and other drugs from the United States for profit purposes. The police believe There may be cross-border drug trafficking organizations behind the case, and further investigation is under way.
For example, the people wanted included 26-year-old Wu Chang and 25-year-old superior soldiers belonging to the U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa. According to their indictments, the two colluded with unknown persons to mail marijuana to Japan in April this year in an attempt to transport them to Okinawa Prefecture, which was found by customs. According to people involved in the investigation of the case, there have been endless smuggling of drugs from the United States to Japan this year. According to the report, the police and customs believe that there may be cross-border drug trafficking gangs with U.S. military soldiers in Japan as consignee, and further investigations are under way.
According to a report by the Okinawa Times on the 21st, another 29-year-old U.S. military related person stationed in Japan was sentenced to four years in prison by Naha District Court on the 16th by conspiring to smuggle a total of 22,51.2 grams of cocaine from the United States and transferring drugs to persons designated by the accomplice for a reward of 100,000-200,000 yen per time. . In reading out the sentence, the judge said: “This act may spread the danger of drugs to Japan, which is very serious.” Although the defendant is a bottom member of the accomplice’s instructions, “its role (in drug trafficking) is very important, and the criminal motivation is for personal gain, and there is no place to consider as appropriate.”
The media reports in Okinawa Prefecture made some Japanese netizens angry, and some people sent a long article criticizing the U.S. military stationed in Japan as a “terrorist organization”. The netizen said, “What is the significance of the U.S. military? It is said to be the world’s number one army, but it has committed crimes in other countries. 16 years ago, there were rapes and murders by relevant U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan, raped primary school students 25 years ago, drinking and driving became daily behavior, atrocities, hit-and-run, illegal invasion (private houses), drug smuggling…” And bitterly criticized: “Undisciplined organizations and ‘terrorist organizations’ are the same.”