Former U.S. serviceman Jonathan Octavio Nunez, 31, has become the first American to be extradited from the U.S. to Japan based on the current treaty on the extradition of criminals between the two nations. Nunez is to stand trial for smuggling drugs into Japan.
Nunez, a former USS Vincennes sailor who was administratively separated from the Navy in 2003, is accused of smuggling 50,000 pills with a street value of over 200 million yen through the military postal system from Canada to Japan in July 2004, TBS reported Thursday.
Nunez's involvement in the crime was revealed in the testimonies of two civilian base workers at Yokosuka, who were arrested in connection with the drugs when authorities seized the packets at Narita airport. According to police, by the time the Japanese authorities had learned of his involvement, Nunez had fled to Minnesota and then Peru.
However, with the cooperation of Interpol, Nunez was taken into custody in the U.S. three years ago. He was handed over to Japanese police at Chicago O’Hare International Airport aboard a Japanese commercial flight on Wednesday morning, TBS said.
A Kanagawa prefectural police spokesman said that Nunez is to be tried under Japanese law for allegedly mailing more than 30,000 doses of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy to the post boxes of two civilians at Yokosuka Naval Base. Also in the packets were 20,000 doses of narcotics containing a mixture of MDMA and methamphetamine, as well as 140 grams of crystal methamphetamine.
Upon his arrival, local news crews asked Nunez for his views on the extradition, to which he replied, "No comment."© Japan Today