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Next time I see someone saying they don't know where the drugs in their suitcase came from, I won't be so quick to roll my eyes.


An unsuspecting passenger who flew to Tokyo is carrying one-million yen's worth of cannabis compliments of customs authorities after a sniffer dog failed a test, officials said Monday.

An officer at Narita International Airport on Sunday stuffed 142 grams of the drug into the side pocket of a randomly selected black suitcase coming off an overseas flight so that the animal could detect it.

"The dog couldn't find it and the officer also forgot which bag he put it in," a customs office spokesperson said.

"If by some chance passengers find it in their suitcase, we're asking them to return it," she said.

The 38-year-old officer was quoted by the spokesperson as saying: "I knew that using passengers' bags is prohibited, but I did it because I wanted to improve the sniffer dog's ability."

He was reprimanded by the head of customs at Narita.

"This case was extremely regrettable. I would like to deeply apologise," said the airport's customs chief Manpei Tanaka.

The cannabis, which has a street value of one-million yen ($9680), was in a metal box wrapped with newspapers.

Japan strictly prohibits both hard and soft drugs, with people imprisoned for possession of even small amounts of cannabis.

One of my many questions is: If drugs are so strictly "prohibited", how is it they have so much of it (5oz) with which to frame some innocent person? I say "frame" because when the au-thor-i-tahs have to choose between admitting their own ineptness and putting your life or liberty in jeopardy, you had better get your "papers" in order.

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Comment by MeFirstYouLast - May 27, 2008, 11:05 am
I have the same feelings. Cops yell and scream that need a gun whenoff duty, to protect the citizens. Then they fanatically fight to prohibit some one from having the ability to defend their family's Cops first, you , oh I don't know, maybe 15th? Want proof? Try this scenario, a cop and is wife are walking along a street mall. You are also walking the same area with your wife. A criminal comes out of the store with a gun. Who's wife do you think will get priority treatment. The citizen he has sworn to protect, or the mother of his children? You and your wife are alone, just as if you weere in the middle of the desert. Rely on a cop? Not me! He can direct traffic and write tickets better then me, but he cannot proect my family any way as good as I can!!! But the cop doesn't care. He would rather see me laying in a gutter dead, then have the right to protect my family. That is an indisbutable fact!
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 27, 2008, 11:56 am
MeFirst - not here in the Wild West. In 2005 then Gov Bush signed into law the Castle Doctrine, commonly referred to as the Shoot First bill, which says that your home, body & car are "your castle" and, if you feel threatened, you can shoot first and explain later. More recently the "Take Your Gun to Work" law went into effect. Of course you are always supposed to walk away from controversy and avoid violence, if at all possible.   

Comment by Gentlespirit - May 27, 2008, 12:51 pm
My thing is...did they ever get the cannibis back!!! ha ha ha he he ha ha :)
justxploringComment by justxploring - May 27, 2008, 1:55 pm
Gentlespirit, I think this whole sting operation probably went up in smoke. ;-)    If the officer really thinks this person will turn it in, he's having a pipe dream. Considering this was an International flight, I assume the passenger had papers. (groan)   Won't the customs officers in Japan be able to weed him out, especially if they make a joint effort?

Seriously, when I came back from Costa Rica there were dogs on my way into the US, not out of it.
Comment by pacattack05 - May 27, 2008, 2:08 pm
That's right justxploring, there's a high probability they won't find this person. They might think twice before planting evidence again. That cop was a bad seed.
Comment by Gentlespirit - May 27, 2008, 3:56 pm
Whoever has the cannabis (aka - weed) is either very rich or very very high!!! ah ha ha ha :)
And Justxploring, I feel you are absolutely right...they need to write that one off as a loss!!!

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