A former member of a Japanese yakuza has been arrested for allegedly trying to fool a compatriot into smuggling crystal methamphetamine into Japan, hidden in the headcovers of a set of golf clubs.
Kazuhiko Ono, 57, was taken into custody at his room in Lumpini Park condominium in Bang Kapi area, Huai Khwang district on Tuesday evening by Crime Suppression Division police accompanied by officials from the Japanese embassy, CSD chief Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej told a news conference on Wednesday.
Police also seized some crystal methamphetamine, marijuana and one ecstasy pill.
The raid followed a request by the Japanese embassy on March 5 for the arrest a drug smuggling suspect.
A Japanese man had earlier filed a complaint with the embassy that a compatriot tried to trick him into smuggling an illicit drug into Japan, Pol Maj Gen Jirabhop said.
CSD investigators learned that the golf clubs were the property of Mr Ono, who had been staying in Thailand for more than 19 years and was married to a Thai woman.
He had a legally obtained retirement visa and operated a tour firm as a front for illegal money lending services, the CSD chief said. He had also become involved in transnational drugs smuggling.
According to investigators, Mr Ono took a golf bag containing seven clubs out of