The Naha District Court building in Naha, Okinawa.

The Naha District Court building in Naha, Okinawa. (Mari Higa/Stars and Stripes)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Marine is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in a Japanese court for possessing LSD at his on-base home, according to the Naha Public Prosecutor’s Office.

On Nov. 22, 2021, Sgt. Christian Matlock, 24, was in possession of a piece of paper that contained lysergic acid diethylamide, otherwise known as LSD, a synthetic hallucinogen, according to the indictment, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor’s office told Stars and Stripes by phone Tuesday.

The spokeswoman would not say to which base the Marine was assigned. A spokesman for the Okinawa police had no information about the case on Tuesday.

A spokesman from Marine Corps Installations Pacific and the III Marine Expeditionary Force did not respond to emailed requests seeking more information.

Matlock was charged July 8 with violating Japan’s Narcotics and Psychotropics Control Law, according to the prosecutor’s spokeswoman.

Matlock admitted to the charge Friday at his trial in Naha District Court, according to a report Tuesday in the Okinawa Times.

Prosecutors will seek a year in prison with hard labor for Matlock, according to the prosecutor’s spokeswoman. The Marine’s lawyers requested a suspended sentence, according to the Times.

It’s customary in Japan for some government officials to speak to the media on condition of anonymity.

Stars and Stripes reporter Keishi Koja contributed to this report.

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Matthew M. Burke has been reporting from Okinawa for Stars and Stripes since 2014. The Massachusetts native and UMass Amherst alumnus previously covered Sasebo Naval Base and Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, for the newspaper. His work has also appeared in the Boston Globe, Cape Cod Times and other publications.
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Hana Kusumoto is a reporter/translator who has been covering local authorities in Japan since 2002. She was born in Nagoya, Japan, and lived in Australia and Illinois growing up. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and previously worked for the Christian Science Monitor’s Tokyo bureau.

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