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Hong Kong customs arrests yakuza members for smuggling 4kg gold to Japan

Hong Kong customs arrests yakuza members for smuggling 4kg gold to Japan

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Prefectural Police announced the arrest of two organized crime members for smuggling gold plates into Japan from Hong Kong, reports the Asahi Shimbun.

Hiroaki Ishimaru, a 45-year-old member of the Yamaguchi-gumi, and the Fukuhaku-kai’s Yuichi Nagano, 30, attempted to conceal four gold plates, each weighing one kilogram, inside travel cases upon arrival at Fukuoka International Airport.

After a customs inspector was unable to clarify the travel history of the suspects, a search of their belongings revealed the contraband, which has a street value of approximately 18 million yen.Both suspects have admitted to the allegations, telling police that they committed the crime to avoid paying importation taxes.