Japanese Bureaucrat In Drugs Arrest

Japanese bureaucrat in drugs arrest

Police in Tokyo have arrested a government bureaucrat for allegedly smuggling illegal drugs into Japan.

Tetsuya Nishida, 28, an assistant section chief at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, was apprehended at his home on Saturday.

Police say he received a package sent by international mail containing about 22 grams of stimulants with a street value of more than $11,000.

Customs officials found the drugs stashed inside a fashion magazine while checking a suspicious package sent from the United States.

Police say the shipping address was not Nishida's, but he instructed a post office to deliver it to his home.

Investigators searched Nishida's home and seized his cell phone and computer. They suspect the contraband was for personal use.

The alleged drug smuggler claims he did not know the package contained stimulants.