Two 14-year-old girls were arrested for possessing marijuana in Kobe City on Thursday, and a 13-year-old girl was taken into custody, becoming the youngest person in Japan to be detained for the offense since records began in 1999. A 16-year-old girl, a part-time employee at an adult entertainment business, was also arrested.
Hyogo police said they received information last summer that girls at a public junior high school were smoking marijuana, and began their investigation. They searched the homes of the four girls on Wednesday and found small quantities of marijuana as well as smoking implements. One of the girls was found to be in possession of 0.5 grams of marijuana and another possessed 1.5 grams.
Police said the girls have admitted to smoking marijuana since last August, and told them they had smoked it with other friends as well .More than a dozen students were seen entering and leaving one of the homes on a regular basis, and police are in the process of determining their identities.
Police added the three junior high school girls each went to different schools, and had been increasingly absent from school recently. A principal at one of the schools said that they had made students aware of the effects and consequences of taking drugs, but that it was hard to monitor who students were associating with due to the proliferation of cell phones.© News reports