Police raid Toyota headquarters after manager's drug arrest

Japanese police search Toyota headquarters after company's top executive arrested over drug charges

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Police raided and conducted a search in the Japanese headquarters of Toyota Motor Company following the arrest of a senior American executive who was accused of bringing a restricted drug into Japan.

Julie Hamp, Toyota’s most senior female executive, was arrested on June 18 for having oxycodone pills, the BBC reports.

The pill is used as a narcotic painkiller and Hamp reportedly mailed it to herself to ease the pain in her knees.

Such drugs are legal with a prescription but require special approval in Japan. Mailing drugs is also prohibited by law.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda apologised after reports of Hamp's arrest and said that he believes the company's newly appointed head of public relations did not intend to violate the law.

Japanese police confirmed the raids in Toyota city in central Japan, its main Tokyo offices and other offices yesterday.

Toyota officials have not commented on the raid but Reuters reported that this is common procedure after an arrest is made.

Hamp was appointed to her position two months ago and has been living in a Tokyo hotel. She could be held in custody up to 23 days according to Japanese law. She could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if she is convicted.

TRTWorld and agencies