Cambodian customs authorities pictured with Japanese national Nonaka Shunichi and the drugs found in his luggage at Phnom Penh International Airport. Photo: Handout
Cambodian customs authorities pictured with Japanese national Nonaka Shunichi and the drugs found in his luggage at Phnom Penh International Airport. Photo: Handout
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Elderly drug mules: are Japan’s yakuza behind wave of arrests across Asia?

  • A growing number of hard-up older people appear to be being targeted by Japan’s criminal underworld to smuggle drugs internationally
  • Elderly passengers with drugs in their luggage were uncovered in China, Cambodia and Japan before the pandemic shut down air travel

Cambodian customs authorities pictured with Japanese national Nonaka Shunichi and the drugs found in his luggage at Phnom Penh International Airport. Photo: Handout
Cambodian customs authorities pictured with Japanese national Nonaka Shunichi and the drugs found in his luggage at Phnom Penh International Airport. Photo: Handout
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