Japanese nationals jailed for ephedrine smuggling

Two Japanese men, who were part of a drug-smuggling ring importing large quantities of ephedrine hidden in wooden tables, aluminium shelves and plastic cylinders, were sentenced in the Manukau District Court.

Drug ‘catcher’ Kentaro Hara, 42, was sentenced to 25 months’ jail for attempted possession for supply of a class B drug. Kazuki Keino, 49, who is believed to be the ringleader, was sentenced to 9 years and 4 months’ jail for five importation charges.

Their two counterparts, Masaru Iwai, 45, and Satoshi Someya, 28, were both sentenced to 6 years and 7 months’ jail in November 2016.

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Issue: 
15 September 2017

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