A fresh arrest warrant has been served to a Canadian man for allegedly smuggling stimulants into Japan by sending them to a minpaku (private lodging service) facility in Tokyo.
The man, who has already been prosecuted for a similar offense, is suspected of sending the drugs to a condominium in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward from California via air mail in January.
Wang Qin Cheng, 25, denied the allegations, according to sources familiar with the joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department and Tokyo Customs.
According to the MPD’s organized crime bureau, the suspect has already been prosecuted for allegedly smuggling in some 2.2 kg of stimulants with a street value of about ¥130 million by sending them to another minpaku facility in Shinagawa Ward.
The sources said the drugs were hidden in bags of food in both cases.
The minpaku are thought to have been used as visitors can book them online and can check into their rooms without having to meet the caretakers or other staff, the sources said.