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Police raid pro-N Korea group over alleged drug transaction

by Mappy » Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:04 pm


Monday, November 27, 2006 at 11:00 EST

TOKYO — Police searched the Tokyo branch of a Korean residents' group affiliated with North Korea, and other locations, Monday on suspicion it was involved in unauthorized transactions of an intravenous solution intended for shipment to North Korea.

A 59-year-old doctor in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward is suspected of handing over 60 intravenous bags without authorization around May to a 74-year-old woman linked to a group affiliated with the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, the police said. The woman, a Korean resident in Japan related to an executive of the Chongryon affiliate, attempted to take the intravenous bags to North Korea on a North Korean ferry from a Niigata port without declaring them but they were found by customs officials, the police said.
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