PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
An unwitting passenger arriving at Japan's Narita airport has received 142g of cannabis after a customs test went awry, officials say.
A customs officer hid a package of the banned substance in a side pocket of a randomly chosen suitcase in order to test airport security.
Sniffer dogs failed to detect the cannabis and the officer could not remember which bag he had put it in.
Anyone finding the package has been asked to contact customs officials.
Japanese officials would like the passenger to return their pot as soon as possible. Thank you very much.
Let's hope the poor passenger is cooling heels in the klink in their destination country. Except in Japan, "customs must have lost that" comes off as a rather poor excuse.
The BBC's article on this points out that using a passenger's luggage for this goes against regulations.
I rather hope that the customs agent responsible ends up spending some time in the stocks (or maybe the gallows, depending on what happens to the (un?)lucky passenger at their destination), pour encourager les autres.
Russell...are you saying, seriously, that you hope some random person is in jail because of the screwup of some customs officer?
The wayward pot has been returned.