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Small traces of an amphetamine-type drug have been detected in a hair sample from singer-turned-actress Noriko Sakai, who was arrested earlier this month for possession, investigative sources said Wednesday.

The results are expected to strengthen the hand of the police, who have been attempting to prove the 38-year-old star, who admitted inhaling the illegal drug since last summer, was recently using it despite producing a negative urine sample. The Metropolitan Police Department plans to conduct more tests on Sakai’s hair to determine when and how frequently the former pop idol may have been using the stimulant, they said.

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