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No traces of illegal drugs in Japan singer Makihara's urine tests: source

Noriyuki Makihara is seen in this file photo. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Detailed tests of Japanese singer-songwriter Noriyuki Makihara's urine have not shown evidence of any substances related to illegal drugs including stimulants, an investigative source said on Feb. 27.

The 50-year-old pop star was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on Feb. 13 on suspicion of having kept illicit drugs between March and April 2018 at the apartment he then lived in, in the capital's Minato Ward. He is alleged to have possessed 0.083 grams of stimulants and 64.2 milliliters of the "popper" drug Rush.

Rush was also reportedly found during a search of Makihara's current home in Shibuya Ward on the day he was arrested.

Makihara, who was previously arrested on suspicion of breaking the Stimulants Control Act in 1999, was quoted as telling police, "I quit for a while, but before I knew it, I'd started again." He also reportedly told officers that he has not used drugs since 2018.

(Japanese original by Takayuki Kanamori, City News Department)

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