72-Year-Old Japanese Man caught Smuggling Meth From Cambodia

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Re: 72-Year-Old Japanese Man caught Smuggling Meth From Cambodia

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Sep 19, 2020 12:18 am

Elderly drug mules: are Japan’s yakuza behind wave of arrests across Asia?

A growing number of hard-up older people appear to be being targeted by Japan’s criminal underworld to smuggle drugs internationally
Elderly passengers with drugs in their luggage were uncovered in China, Cambodia and Japan before the pandemic shut down air travel

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Published: 4:46pm, 17 Sep, 2020

An elderly Japanese man on Tuesday was sentenced by a court in Cambodia to 25 years in prison after being found guilty of drug smuggling charges in what is apparently the latest example of how Japan’s “yakuza” groups are targeting a growing number of hard-up older people willing to take risks for a quick pay-off.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found 72-year old Shunichi Nonaka guilty of “trafficking, storing and smuggling” methamphetamine. He was arrested in February at the Cambodian capital’s international airport before he could board a flight bound for Japan via South Korea

During an X-ray inspection of his luggage, customs officials found 1.7kg of the drug wrapped in plastic in a suitcase.

Nonaka told investigators that he was given the package by a man living in Phnom Penh soon after his arrival in the city two days previously. Authorities say they believe the operation was the work of an organised smuggling ring.

“Japan’s underworld groups are moving into different areas to bring in income, and one of those areas is getting older people involved in smuggling,” said Nagamoto Kuroda, managing director and head of forensics and litigation consulting for FTI Consulting in Tokyo.

As well as narcotics, older people are also being convinced to smuggle gold and counterfeit pharmaceuticals because they have in the past typically attracted less attention from customs officials, Kuroda said, although authorities appear to have caught on to this tactic.

Zachary Arnold, a 68-year-old American national, was arrested at Fukuoka Airport in December carrying about 10,000 tablets of ecstasy after arriving on a flight from France that had stopped off in South Korea. The haul, weighing in at 4.7kg and with an estimated street value of 40 million yen (US$381,680), was the largest ever seized at the airport.

Arnold told authorities that he “was simply told to carry the luggage” and had “no idea of what was inside”.

Similarly, 76-year-old former Japanese politician Takuma Sakuragi was sentenced to life in prison in China in November
after being detained at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangdong province with 3.3kg of methamphetamine in his luggage.

Jake Adelstein, a crime writer who specialises in Japan’s underworld groups, said the average age of Japan’s yakuza nowadays was about 50 “and they are not going to get their hands dirty doing this sort of thing themselves”.

“This is another example of what is termed ‘hinkon biz’, or a moneymaking scheme that preys on the elderly,” he said. “These are people who were in their 50s when the global recession struck in 2007, were laid off and were too old to get work again by the time the domestic economy had improved again.”

Elderly Japanese matching this description not only lost out on their expected future income “but they also were not able to pay into the national pension scheme, so the pensions they are getting now are often not enough to get by on,” Adelstein said.

The writer said it was “interesting” that Nonaka’s arrest was in Cambodia, where former yakuza kingpin Tadamasa Goto has based himself in recent years – though there is no evidence linking Goto to the case.
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Re: 72-Year-Old Japanese Man caught Smuggling Meth From Cambodia

Post by newkidontheblock » Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:26 am

Yakuza have been on ropes for while. Super restrictive laws. Plus known Yakuza are excluded from the health care and pension system. And then the virus hit.

The pension system in Japan pays pretty poorly, about $1000 USD/month. Some elderly live in their cars to make ends meet. Many commit suicide. Others commit petty crimes so they can go to prison.

Unfortunately prison is Cambodia is not like prison in Japan.
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Post by phuketrichard » Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:06 pm

....A growing number of hard-up older people appear to be being targeted by Japan’s criminal underworld to smuggle drugs internationally
Elderly passengers with drugs in their luggage were uncovered in China, Cambodia and Japan before the pandemic shut down air travel
Now this is some fine reporting, drug gangs & gold smuggling grous were using older people back in the 70's & 80's
This is NOTHING New
....although authorities appear to have caught on to this tactic......
LOL, after 40 years of success :-)
WE always tried to hire older people in HK to carry for us

Anyone else seen Clints movie, "the mule" form 2018?
based on an New York times article from in 2014, about someone in their 80's old that was smuggling for the Sinaloa Cartel

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FYI: I'd much rather be in a prison in Thailand or Cambodia than Japan.
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Post by John Bingham » Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:35 pm

A friend of mine did a couple of years in a Japanese prison in the early 90s. He said it was very strict but safe and that the food was really good, as good as any you'd get in a Japanese restaurant in the west at the time. Plus he was a chef at the time so he learned how to cook sushi etc.
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Post by phuketrichard » Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:40 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:35 pm
A friend of mine did a couple of years in a Japanese prison in the early 90s. He said it was very strict but safe and that the food was really good, as good as any you'd get in a Japanese restaurant in the west at the time. Plus he was a chef at the time so he learned how to cook sushi etc.
Knew a few and 1 associate did 1-4 years there
strict>> yep, not allowed to sit from 7 am -9pm in ur cell, bow to the guards, stand at attention, march daily
but ur right, safe an good food.
BUT winters were dam cold

Thailand, Cambodia and afaik, Bali , India and Nepal, if you have $$ your life can be ok
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Post by John Bingham » Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:54 pm

Yes, I think he mentioned having to stand on a square marked on the floor all day, no sitting or lying down!
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Post by pissontheroof » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:00 am

John Bingham wrote:
Sat Sep 19, 2020 2:35 pm
A friend of mine did a couple of years in a Japanese prison in the early 90s. He said it was very strict but safe and that the food was really good, as good as any you'd get in a Japanese restaurant in the west at the time. Plus he was a chef at the time so he learned how to cook sushi etc.
I guess you could learn to cook sushi , but it wouldn’t be sushi 🍣 any more , because you are not supposed to cook it .

Mysterious stuff ;
... when I go to japanese restaurant anymore I can’t understand why the sushi takes longer than the cooked food 🍱
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