Japanese Woman Faces Malaysian Death Sentence for Drug Smuggling

A Japanese woman faces the death penalty in Malaysia after she lost an appeal against a conviction for transporting 4kg of cocaine.

The defendant, 38-year-old Mariko Takeuchi, was found carrying the cocaine in a suitcase at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in October 2012. Takeuchi has maintained that she did not know the contents of the suitcase and that someone she knew had asked her to carry the luggage.

Takeuchi appealed the lower court ruling, but the Supreme Court found no reason to overturn the decision and has upheld the death sentence. Takeuchi’s lawyer says the judgment was unfair and is considering an appeal.


Man tried to smuggle meth to Japan as Snickers bars

A Long Beach man has been charged by federal authorities with trying to smuggle more than four pounds of methamphetamine from Los Angeles to Japan in what looked like  Snickers bars, officials said Monday.

Rogelio Mauricio Harris, 34, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday by special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations while preparing to board a flight to Japan.

Harris faces a charge of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. If convicted, he faces at least 10 years in prison and a possible maximum sentence penalty of life in prison. The case is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

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