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Japanese Customs Hid 5 oz. of Marijuana in Passenger's Bag, Now They Can't Find It

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If you've flown through Japan recently, you might wanna double check your bags for an extra souvenir:
TOKYO (AFP) — An unsuspecting passenger who flew to Tokyo is carrying one million yen's worth of cannabis compliments of customs authorities after a sniffer dog failed a test, officials said Monday.

An officer at Narita International Airport on Sunday stuffed 142 grams (five ounces) of the drug into the side pocket of a randomly selected black suitcase coming off an overseas flight so that the animal could detect it.

"The dog couldn't find it and the officer also forgot which bag he put it in," a customs office spokeswoman said.

"If by some chance passengers find it in their suitcase, we're asking them to return it," she said.

Seriously, if they wanted it returned, they should've refrained from announcing that it's worth a million yen.

This whole fiasco reflects terribly on Japanese drug enforcement, but also on Japanese marijuana, which was valued at nearly $2,000 an ounce, but apparently didn't smell very interesting.

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That's REALLY funny, 'cause

That's REALLY funny, 'cause Fox News had the pot valued at $10,000... quite a difference there.

Oh, and let's not forget that it's against Japanese law for customs agents to place anything into a passenger's bags without that passenger's permission.

Oh, and Fox News also said that the custom agent was "reprimanded". I would've thought he'd be fired, but hey, what do I know, right?


I did the math wrong, so there's actually no difference in the numbers. The FOX number is consistent with other reporting. I meant to say $2,000 per ounce and changed the post accordingly (I previously said $500, a stupid error on my part, sorry).

Of course, $2,000 is even more ridiculous. But I would expect higher prices in Japan, which I understand is not the best place to buy marijuana. If anyone knows Japanese marijuana prices, please clue us in on whether these numbers are accurate.


Hey, cops consistently value seedlings at $1000-$4000 each in the US, so why would Japan be any different? But I did read elsewhere that it was actually hash, so maybe that's why it was so much.

Excellent Scheme

Can’t remember which bag he put in it in, eh? I think Japanese Customs was smoking it before they 'lost' it.

Good score, guys!


.. .wish that was my suitcase, huh?

Inflated prices

Like in most prohibitionist countries, law enforcement in Japan likes to use inflated prices when quoting seizures in order to make their "successes" sound more impressive.

Actual cannabis prices in Japan are 2-3 times lower than the $70/g quoted above, according to


marijuana is good for your health. it makes the baby way stronger and healthier, and makes the baby super popular.

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