A visitor to Japan got a surprise when he checked into his hotel in Tokyo on Sunday night and discovered a small metal box containing cannabis worth 1 million yen tucked in a side compartment of his suitcase. The man called police who returned the cannabis to Narita airport where customs officials admitted Monday that a test involving a sniffer dog had gone wrong.
According to customs authorities, an officer was supposed to pass through customs with the cannabis to see if the sniffer dog would detect it. Instead, the officer hid the metal box, containing 142 grams of the drug, in the black suitcase he had selected at random on the baggage carousel for passengers arriving on Cathay Pacific Flight 520 from Hong Kong at 3:30 Sunday afternoon. But he lost sight of who picked up the suitcase.
"The dog couldn't find it and the officer also forgot which bag he put it in," a customs office spokeswoman said, adding they had put out an alert to the National Police Agency in case anyone handed it in.
The 38-year-old customs officer was quoted by the spokeswoman as saying: "I knew that using passengers' bags is prohibited, but I did it because I wanted to improve the sniffer dog's ability." He was reprimanded by the head of customs at Narita.© Japan Today