Snowboarder Kokubo Arrested for Alleged Cannabis Smuggling

Society

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)--Former Japanese snowboard Olympian Kazuhiro Kokubo was arrested Wednesday for allegedly smuggling cannabis from the United States for profit.

The narcotics control department of the Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Bureau of Health and Welfare also searched his home on the same day.

According to the department, Kokubo, 31, a resident of Chitose, Hokkaido, appeared at the department's office building in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward in the morning.

He largely admitted the allegations against him but denied any intention of making profits, informed sources said.

Kokubo is suspected of conspiring with a male acquaintance to smuggle about 57 grams of a cannabis product from the United States in December 2018, using an international express mail service.

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