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Perske arrested on drug charges

The Associated Press

Japanese media report that Australian professional golfer Wayne Perske has been arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession.

Perske, 36, was found to have 1.25 grams of cocaine in his pocket at a bar in Chiba Prefecture on Friday evening, Kyodo News Saturday. He was quoted as telling investigators he intended to take the drug himself.

Perske was in Japan for the Bridgestone Open but he failed to make the cut.

A customer at the bar reported to police that a foreigner was in possession of a suspicious substance, leading officers to search and arrest him.

Perske, 36, is from Brisbane, Queensland state and he turned pro in 2000.

Japan Golf Tour chairman Tadashi Koizumi told reporters that Perske’s arrest is “embarassing” and that the association would also consider a “severe punishment” for him.

Japan has a strict drug policy and has taken a tough line with famous figures in the past.