A former member of the all-female idol group HKT48, an affiliate group of AKB48, who was arrested by Fukuoka police for alleged marijuana possession, was released this week after the charge against her was dropped.
Airi Taniguchi, 21, was released from custody by the Fukuoka District Public Prosecutors Office on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported, adding that no reason was given.
Taniguchi was arrested at her family’s home on April 16 after 0.025 grams of dried cannabis were found inside a bag. She was charged with violating the Cannabis Control Law. Taniguchi told police that the marijuana belonged to a former boyfriend who was arrested in January for assault and drug possession. She said he had left the cannabis in the bag.
Taniguchi made her debut with HKT48 while she was a student in October 2011. She was promoted to a regular member in March 2012 but left the idol group in August that same year.© Japan Today