U.S. civilian on Okinawa pleads guilty to drug charges
July 25, 2008
NAHA, Okinawa — A 34-year-old American employee on Camp Foster pleaded guilty Wednesday in a Japanese court to smoking marijuana and inhaling a stimulant.
Naha District prosecutors asked for a two-year prison sentence for James R. Biggins, for violating Japan’s Cannabis Control Law and the Stimulant Drugs Control Act.
Biggins, identified as a GS-5 ranked civilian employee for the Installation Personnel Administrative Center, was arrested June 12 by Japanese police officers following a drug raid at his off-base home in Ginowan. The raid followed the arrest of a Japanese drug dealer, according to evidence presented by the prosecutor during the opening hearing Wednesday.
Prosecutor Yuki Mizuno said police confiscated about 0.27 ounces of marijuana from Biggins’ home and parked car in Ginowan and arrested him. The stimulant charge came after a urine test detected he had amphetamines in his system. Biggins admitted during the hearing that he smoked marijuana and inhaled vaporized phenylmethyl aminopropane.
Biggins’ defense counsel, Satoshi Kawamitsu, asked for a suspended sentence, saying that his client had reflected deeply on what he had done. He also has no previous criminal record and has a wife and three children to support, Kawamitsu said.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 30.