torsdag, september 28, 2006

Utada Hikarus mor arresteret

Moderen til en af Japans største popstjerner, Utada Hikaru, er blevet arresteret, fortæller The Smoking Gun:

"The mother of one of Japan's biggest pop stars was recently caught with more than $400,000 in suspected drug proceeds as she tried to board a plane from New York to Las Vegas, according to federal prosecutors now seeking forfeiture of the funds. In March, screeners at JFK Airport discovered the money in the carry-on luggage of Junko Utada, whose 23-year-old daughter has been described as the Japanese Britney Spears...According to investigators, when Drug Enforcement Administration agents approached Junko Utada, 55, as she waited to board a March 6 America West flight, she was "yelling into a telephone" and "appeared extremely nervous and physically ill." During questioning, Utada said she had just retrieved the six-figure stash from a Manhattan Mini Storage unit, adding that the money came, in part, from gambling winnings. A forfeiture complaint filed by federal prosecutors noted that the money--4149 $100 bills--was bundled, wrapped in paper, and secured with rubber bands. Some bundles were found inside "two large plastic Ziploc bags."...After the money was seized, it was placed in a DEA evidence bag and agents conducted a "canine examination of the currency with a trained drug-sniffing dog." The animal "alerted to the cash, indicating that it bore traces of controlled substances." Prosecutors seeking Utada's forfeiture of the money allege that it represents proceeds of drug sales or was intended to be used to buy drugs. Through counsel, Utada, a former singer, has filed a "claim of ownership" with the DEA for the funds and has requested that the Department of Justice institute judicial forfeiture proceedings so that disposition of the money can be litigated."

Overraskende nok, så fandt hundene spor af stoffer på pengesedlerne! Hallo! Det vil man kunne finde på de fleste amerikanske pengesedler, men den amerikanske lovgivning har siden firserne været sådan at man i princippet kan tilbageholde penge hvis der er spor af stoffer på dem, hvis de findes sammen med stoffer, eller hvis ejeren er arresteret for noget narko-relateret. Bevisbyrden tilfalder så personen der har fået sine penge konfiskeret, og ikke staten. Man kan så tænke over om Utada Hikarus mor egentlig behøver at sælge stoffer for at få penge...når man er mor til Japans bedst sælgende kunstner nogensinde, så virker det usandsynligt.

1 kommentar:

  1. Der var en anden sag for nyligt hvor politiet besluttede at konfiskere $124,000 fra en gut med cirka samme begrundelse. I denne sag var han i en lejet bil, som hundene reagerede paa.

    http://www.theagitator.com/archives/026952.php#026952

    /JRB

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