Noriko Sakai’s condo is at a prime location in Aoyama, with a 24-hour security system and a full-time concierge to attend to the needs of residents. A local real estate agent estimates the value of the popular 2-LDK property, situated at the upper level of the building complex, as 300 million yen.
However, the condo worthy is in a state of shambles beyond imagination, according to a police source. No one has lived there since Sakai was arrested on Aug 8. One investigator describes the scene he saw as follows.
“I was first stunned by the odor when we opened the entrance door. I guess it must be raw kitchen garbage, but it was a sour smell and some of our men were covering their noses with their hands.”
The police went further into the living room and then stood frozen at the sight before them. Worn clothing, magazines, empty plastic bottles and cans, some only half consumed and gone stale, littered the floor.
“The furniture looked expensive as well as the audio equipment, but all filthy with dust and cigarette stains. It sure didn’t look like the place had been cleaned properly for a year or so.”
But the police source added that judging by the state of the condo, the house search wasn’t going to take long. The sloppiness was an indication that any ‘hidden’ drugs would be easy to find.
As expected, narcotics in aluminum foils, along with a large batch of straws and a pipe were found packed in a cosmetics bag inside the dresser drawer.
“The pipe was stained with traces of vaporized cocaine and saliva identified as Sakai’s was also found on it. The evidence will certainly prove that she was using narcotics at home," said the investigator.
The unhealthy, unkempt environment that stunned even the police where she lived with her son, an elementary school student, was a stark contrast to Sakai’s image and status as the popular "mama-doru" who wrote articles for childcare magazines and played the good mother roles in TV commercials.
Physicians who specialize in the treatment of drug users agree that individuals become involved in drugs to evade confronting various problems and stress. The fact that Sakai, having become a regular user, neglected housekeeping and childcare come as no surprise.
It seems that the state of the run-down home progressed as the glitzy personal life of the "mama-doru" took a downward spiral.© Japan Today