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Lotte Marines infielder Navarro arrested for carrying bullet in luggage

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Investigation, deportation and Lotte ad : player wanted. Any serious consequences beyond that?

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Dumb...plain and simple...dumb

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He's bound to get fired. Lotte will get shot of him..

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Sounds like he made a pit stop through the Philippines before arriving in Japan. They were going through a "bullet in bags" scandal at their airport last year.

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For a domestic flight...which means he brought it through his country's departing airport and into Japan without it being detected. Nice job.

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For a domestic flight...which means he brought it through his country's departing airport and into Japan without it being detected. Nice job.

Or it means he got it while he was here in Okinawa.

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shonanbb: "For a domestic flight...which means he brought it through his country's departing airport and into Japan without it being detected."

Or he picked it up here. Not that hard to imagine.

In any case, he should just play innocent and say some racist wingers sent it to him in the mail.

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Probably wanted to brag to his Japanese team mates about it.

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honest mistake, not a big deal. He just needs to be reminded to be more careful next time.

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I hate to be that guy, but it was probably a cartridge since bullets are brought into the country all the time for airsoft guys and are not illegal as they are not live.

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Now I'm afraid Navarro might not kick off in the opening game this year. Let alone hitting a bullet, I mean in the ballpark. ;‑)

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Everyone makes mistakes, but some are never forgotten or forgiven. You have to learn to forgive because no one is perfect and everyone has faults. So don't be too fast to decide the judgment of others. Instead of pointing out the faults of others, look in the mirror, find your own faults and start to better yourself. That should keep you busy.

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one bullet? with gunpowder or cokayn inside?

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We are talking about a single bullet, not a bomb here. Stupid mistake, off course, but not something to make a big fuzz about. The terrorist treath hysteria is getting out of hands...

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If it was an honest mistake I do feel bad for him. If guns are legal in the Dominican Republic and he accidentally brought it over its a silly but understandable mistake. However there's no mention that he had just come from their and if he was in Okinawa training it's a bit odd. Hopefully he doesn't get a harsh punishment if he didn't have bad intentions.

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You should always know exactly what is in your bags before you cross any border. This story illustrates exactly why.

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My wife found a live bullet in my teenage daughter's desk drawer and made a big fuss about it. It was probably a cool thing for her to own, I guess.

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How about the tourists who go to the shooting ranges in Guam? I thought they keep the bullets for mementos.

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A single bullet is about as dangerous as a single match. Seriously. Go check youtube's hickok45 video of him putting a single live cartridge in a pot on the stove and heating it up. It doesn't even dent thin aluminum. Bullets are not very dangerous by themselves without a barrel and gun to go with them..

A lot of people make bullet jewelry, when I was a kid my father gave me a necklace made out of a bullet and cartridge from a .45 that had the powder removed from it. I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

If you think a single bullet cartridge is dangerous on a plane, you would shudder to know what kind of illegal stuff gets put into cargo holds of passenger flights all the time. Your lithium laptop battery could start on fire and put a hole in a cargo hold and take the whole airplane down if undetected - this kind of thing happens every year.

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Guess he didn't dodge that bullet, huh? Anyway, I don't think this is the end of his world. He will probably just have to apologize in writing, get a slap on the wrist and carry on.

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Your lithium laptop battery could start on fire and put a hole in a cargo hold and take the whole airplane down if undetected - this kind of thing happens every year.

Every year aeroplanes crash because of lithium batteries in the cargo hold? Really? Why aren't we reading about all these crashes in the news?

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Oh, yeah. Here we go, another crucifixion by media. Someone with huge pull with the media really has it in for these guys. Well at least he can look forward to having Becky as a cell mate!

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He was found with one cartridge from a handgun, which means not just the bullet. Problem with the translation here causing confusion. 拳銃の実包1発 kenjū no jippō 1-patsu is translated to one cartridge.

The bigger problem is how did he get past security checks at other airports as he was stopped at the domestic security check. There are no direct flights from the Dominican Republic to Naha or Ishigaki, and he would have had to have gone through screenings at a number of different airports, international and domestic, and if he had the cartridge with him all the way from the Dominican Republic there is a bigger problem not being talked about.

If it was just the bullet that's one thing, the cartridge included, something else, hence his being detained and "arrested" by the Okinawan police.

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@phantomAgent... Good one!

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@JamesBurke. I also watch Hickok45 videos as I don't know a lot about guns but want to learn. He has a wealth of great information minus the hysteria and machismo. Good stuff!

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So... what happens now? Do the authorities treat it like an innocent mistake or will they throw the book at him. Too many times over the years we've seen instances where Japan treats these types of mistakes as a severe crime. You often hear the Japanese say "case by case", but not the authorities.

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its not a mistake. it is a scam thats been quite common in the Philippines. If anyone were to smuggle artillery, theyd go all in for a magazine or nothing at all

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James BurkeFeb. 22, 2016 - 07:55PM JST A single bullet is about as dangerous as a single match. Seriously. Go check youtube's hickok45 video of him putting a single live cartridge in a pot on the stove and heating it up. It doesn't even dent thin aluminum. Bullets are not very dangerous by themselves without a barrel and gun to go with them..

Thing is guns are easily manufactured locally, or made from "toy" replicas. The cartridges are more difficult because of the propellant. Obviously the way to get ammunition into the country isn't having one and one round smuggled in by celebrity athletes though.

keitaiFeb. 23, 2016 - 09:34AM JST its not a mistake. it is a scam thats been quite common in the Philippines. If anyone were to smuggle artillery, theyd go all in for a magazine or nothing at all

The Philippine scam is a blackmail racket which is sorted out with cash in hand at the airport itself, the whole idea is to not get police involved so the cash amounts are small.

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Its one bullet! What is he going to do with it? Throw it at someone? Bat it at someone? If they found a gun in his possession, be it here in Japan or on him at the time, then it would be a different story. Drugs, an open and shut case. But we're talking about 1 single, loose bullet. He didn't even know it was there.

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Always know exactly what is in your bags when you cross any border. Always. There are no excuses. Get locking luggage, and after you have checked all your luggage, ensure it is locked and stays in your sight until you check it in.

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Before I fly I dump every thing in my suitcase onto the bed and check all compartments then personally pack it to make sure everything in it passes security. I cant tell you how many times the TSA south east asian mafia have confiscated personal hygiene items because they are too big in size or volume. Perhaps this is a little man verses a big man issue. Viva la differance. Lol. Seriously pack your own lunch cause this guys career just got destroyed.

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It was on the news last night and showed all the places the same bag went too and it was not just a couple. Took long enough for security to spot it. What a pathetic joke. A tiny little bullet, but they make me take off belts, pieces of papers in my pockets, jewelry, eye glasses, shoes and a partridge in a pear tree. What is next, the zippers on our pants and Levi's Jeans Rivets?

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James BurkeFeb. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ad9e0mO8Q4 Less dangerous than I had assumed.

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the philipinne TSA (dont know they exact name) puts them there when people land in the Philippines. im quite sure it was overlooked when he went through customs, didnt go through his own bags when returning to Japan and then got caught. Not only does this happen to non-filipinos, but also Filipinos as well.

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A bullet is no use without a gun to fire it, and he didn't have one of those, so why the fuss?

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Because that's half the package, and this is Japan where neither bullets nor guns are tolerated very much. And that's a good thing.

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One round of ammo. ROFL Japan what a sheeple society.

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Didn't Japan ask Thailand for forbearance for a top cop arrested for bringing a sidearm in his luggage, last year or so?

Maybe some'll rub off on Navarro.

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A commenter touched on this in the comments, but I, too, also heard about a stint in the Filipino airport where workers would plant bullets in travellers' suitcases and subsequently arrest the traveller. I think this guy could have been set up, either as a sick joke or an intentional plan.

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His acquaintance Tony Blanco of the Buffaloes said he once forgot he had a magazine with sixteen live rounds in his bag at the airport, but that he remembered just in time and handed it to his wife. He was sure he would have been arrested when he arrived in Japan. He is calling on his countrymen to always double check.

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160224-00000015-sph-base

Actually, to add to the discussion above, the expression 'live round' might be more exact for those purists who argue that a 'bullet' can mean just the slug and not the whole deal with powder-filled cartridge case.

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