Japanese police raid Toyota offices after arresting American executive on drug allegations

Associated Press

Police have raided Toyota Motor Corp.'s headquarters and its Tokyo office in connection with the arrest of a senior American executive on suspicion of drug law violations.

Tokyo police said they carried out the raids Tuesday. Toyota said they could not comment because the investigation is ongoing.

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Julie Hamp, Toyota's newly appointed head of public relations and its highest female executive ever, was arrested June 18 on suspicion of importing oxycodone, a narcotic pain-killer, into Japan. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan.

Police say the drugs were in a parcel Hamp mailed to herself.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said last Friday that he believes Hamp did not intend to break the law.