News Actress Noriko Sakai Arrested After Turning Herself In (Updated)
posted on 2009-08-08 11:49 EDT
Tokyo police have arrested 38-year-old singer and actress Noriko Sakai on drug possession charges after she turned herself in at a Tokyo police facility on Saturday evening. Sakai had been missing since Monday, when her husband, self-described professional surfer Yuichi Takaso, had also been arrested for alleged possession of illegal stimulants. The police issued a warrant for Sakai's arrest on Friday after they reportedly found stimulants and a straw used to inhale the drugs at her residence. Police investigators allege that Sakai was a regular user after saying that they discovered traces of Sakai's DNA in the saliva on the straw.
Police had traced Sakai's mobile phone signal to the central Japanese prefecture of Yamanashi before the signal stopped on Tuesday night. Officials found the couple's son in the care of an acquaintance of Sakai on Thursday.
In addition to her mainstream singing and acting career, Sakai performed the theme songs in Gunbuster, Video Girl Ai, and Anime Sanjushi. She also played roles in the live-action Juon: The Grudge 2 film and the Soreike! Anpanman: Gomira no Hoshi anime, and narrated the Pikachu and Pichu short.
Thank you to dormcat for the news tip.
Source: Sankei Sports
Update: The Sankei Sports newspaper reports on Sunday that a urine test for stimulants returned negative results. Thanks, dormcat.
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