Tag - smuggling



JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 3, 2019
Tokushima farmer probed by police for selling wagyu cattle sperm and eggs to smuggler
The Osaka Prefectural Police have been investigating a farmer in Tokushima Prefecture for selling the sperm and fertilized eggs of wagyu beef cattle to a Japanese man who attempted to smuggle them to China, sources have said.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Crime & Legal
Feb 15, 2019
Hong Kong snares record haul of rhino horns from South Africa
Hong Kong customs seized a record 40 kg (88 pounds) of rhino horns worth around 8 million Hong Kong dollars ($1 million) from Johannesburg en route to Vietnam, the latest bust for authorities trying to tackle the rising volume of endangered species trafficked through the Chinese territory.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 23, 2019
Two Israeli Tokyo residents arrested over bid to smuggle 220 kg of gold bars into Japan by airmail
The police believe the men belong to a group suspected of similarly smuggling a total of some 4 tons of gold since March 2017, and selling it in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 5, 2019
Gold smuggling to Japan falls, but concerns remain ahead of planned October tax hike
The amount of gold bullion smuggled into Japan and seized by customs authorities in 2018 is estimated to have fallen by half from the previous year, according to sources.
Japan Times
WORLD / Society
Nov 28, 2018
Migrant flows slow to trickle in Libyan former smuggling hub of Sabratha amid crackdown
Departures of migrant-laden boats to Italy from Sabratha, formerly Libya's biggest people-smuggling hub, have slowed to a trickle thanks to a security crackdown triggered by European pressure that ejected the city's top smuggler.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 9, 2018
Australian officials arrest Japanese man after finding six lizards in his baggage
A Japanese man has been arrested for alleged animal cruelty and wildlife smuggling after he was found with six Australian lizards in his luggage, Australian Border Force officials said Friday.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2018
Spanish policeman says smuggled European eels raised in China were then exported to Japan
Young European eels are routinely smuggled to China, raised there for about half a year, then shipped to the Japanese market as demand for the fish spikes in the summertime, a senior Spanish police officer has said.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 16, 2018
Japanese court finds three Taiwanese women guilty of smuggling gold in their bras
A Japanese court gave three Taiwanese women suspended sentences Wednesday after finding them guilty of attempting to smuggle gold worth ¥50 million ($453,000) into the country by hiding it in their bras.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 14, 2018
U.S. sailor referred to Japanese prosecutors for alleged drug smuggling
A U.S. Navy sailor assigned to the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan was referred to prosecutors Monday for allegedly smuggling narcotics by international mail, investigative sources said.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 23, 2018
Couple arrested at Tokyo's Haneda airport for attempting to smuggle meth worth ¥1.8 billion
A 43-year-old man and his 34-year-old wife have been arrested at Tokyo's Haneda airport on suspicion of smuggling methamphetamine with an approximate street value of ¥1.8 billion ($16.7 million), police and customs officials said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 26, 2018
Last defendant in Japan's biggest gold-smuggling case evades prison but gets ¥1.5 million fine
The Saga District Court sentences the last of nine men charged with smuggling 206 kg of gold into Japan in May, wrapping up the nation's largest gold seizure to date.
Japan Times
Mar 19, 2018
Golden bras put three Taiwan women behind bars
Three Taiwanese women have been arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle about ¥50 million ($470,000) worth of gold into Japan through their bras, the police said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 23, 2018
Japan's customs authorities seized record-high 6,200 kg of smuggled gold in 2017
The 6,236 kg of gold Japanese customs seized from tax dodgers in 2017 set a new one-year high and was worth around u00a528 billion.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 20, 2018
Women caught smuggling gold from South Korea concealed in their rectums
Seven South Korean women attempted to smuggle gold into Japan late last month by concealing it in their rectums, officials from Aichi Prefecture's Chubu Airport said Tuesday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 2, 2018
Taiwanese man gets 25 years for Japan's biggest stimulants bust
A Taiwanese man was sentenced in Okinawa to 25 years in prison and a ¥10 million ($91,000) fine Thursday for trying to smuggle 597 kg of stimulants into Japan in 2016.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 8, 2017
Japan may impose tougher penalties for gold smuggling, as rise in cases seen as 'tip of iceberg'
The government will consider stricter penalties for gold smuggling as attempts soar with offenders seeking to pocket the 8 percent consumption tax from transactions.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Nov 1, 2017
Japanese woman arrested in Thailand for alleged attempt to smuggle protected baby otters
A Japanese female college student has been detained in Thailand on suspicion of attempting to smuggle 10 baby otters out of the country without permission, Thai police said Tuesday.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2017
Bangladesh destroys boats ferrying Rohingya from Myanmar, claims they carried drugs
Bangladeshi authorities have destroyed about 20 boats that ferried Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, accusing smugglers of using the huge exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country.
Japan Times
Aug 9, 2017
Online retailers in Japan not doing enough to stop illegal ivory trade: report
A conservation group concluded that operators of e-commerce websites are not doing enough to crack down on illegal sales of items made from elephant tusks.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 19, 2017
Japan Coast Guard confirms largest heroin seizure to date
The regional Japan Coast Guard headquarters in Kagoshima Prefecture said Tuesday it has confirmed that almost 70 kg of white powder found off Yakushima Island in late June was heroin, making it the largest amount of the drug seized in the nation at one time.


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