Drugs found at Chiba house linked to Sakai, Takaso

The drug case of Noriko Sakai and Yuichi Takaso still continues. The latest major development was last week’s discovery of a house in Chiba that the two often visited over the past few years. A police search found a small amount of amphetamines, along with some paraphernalia intended for using the drugs.

The house is located in the city of Katsuura, Chiba, about fifty meters from the beach. Takaso reportedly had been renting the place since five years ago, and eyewitnesses said they have often seen Takaso visiting the beach to surf, accompanied by Sakai and their son. In recent years, the two were seen at the beach separately – either Sakai with the son, or Takaso with his friends. However, the couple still sometimes went there together, with one source saying they were in the vicinity as recently as August 2, the day before Takaso’s arrest.

When questioned, locals stated that the aforementioned house – known as the “pink house” due to its color – seemed suspicious, noting details such as strange smells coming from the place. It is believed that Sakai and Takaso often used the place for drugs. However, it is not known who owns the drugs that were found by police, a matter complicated by reports that people other than Sakai and Takaso had recently been visiting the house.

Regarding her past drug use, Sakai had told police that she only used the drugs a few times starting last summer, but Takaso independently stated that he had introduced her to the drugs four years ago.

It is said that Takaso was likely acquainted with actor Manabu Oshio, who was also arrested this month in a separate incident involving MDMA. They may have met through mutual friends, and they both frequented the same club in Tokyo, where Sakai was also a regular.

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