By Staff Report
Police found 1 pistol and 5 bullets inside a gang member's residence in Chuo Ward
Tokyo police seized 1 pistol and 5 rounds of ammunition from a gang member last year
OSAKA (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday searched the headquarters of an affiliate gang of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of illegal possession of weapons, reports Nippon News Network (Jan. 9).
Police entered the headquarters of the Takumi-gumi, located in Chuo Ward, in search of evidence connected to the discovery of a gang member in possession of one pistol and five rounds of ammunition inside an apartment in Tokyo’s Koto Ward.
Morio Mukai, 41, was charged with violating the Swords and Firearms Control Law. In July of last year, police discovered the contraband during a search of the residence of the suspect as a part of a separate investigation.
“I received it from a fellow gang member 10 years ago,” the suspect is quoted by police in admitting the allegations.
Tadashi Irie, the boss of the Takumi-gumi, is the second-ranking member of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, which formed last summer following the dissolution of the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi.
Since the split, law enforcement has been raiding the headquarters of affiliate gangs of both organizations. Police are concerned about any pending violence between the rival gangs.