Russian sumo wrestler held for pot

Kyodo News

A 20-year-old Grand Sumo wrestler from Russia was arrested Monday on suspicion of possessing marijuana in June when he was still 19, police said.

The wrestler, whose sumo name is Toshinori Wakanoho, was allegedly in possession of a cigarette containing 0.368 gram of dried plant matter, including cannabis, on a street near JR Kinshicho Station in Sumida Ward, Tokyo, on June 24. He was legally a minor at the time.

He is suspected of violating the Cannabis Control Law.

The wrestler has admitted to the allegation, saying the marijuana was given to him by a foreigner in the Roppongi area, according to the police. They said they also seized a “cannabis smoking device” from the wrestler’s home.

The case came to light when the wrestler’s wallet containing the cigarette and his alien registration card was turned in to the police after he lost it on a street.

Wakanoho belongs to the Magaki stable.