Tokyo cops: Programmer ran ‘dangerous drugs’ lab from home

Between February and May, Toshihiro Sakurai, 35, allegedly mixed citric acid and other chemicals purchased via the internet to produce a version of the “poppers” drug Rush.

Sakurai, who has been accused of violating the Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Act, admits to the allegations.

A search of the the suspect’s residence revealed enough chemicals to produce 250 doses of the liquid drugs, which come in 8-milliliter bottles.

The suspect sold the doses, each of which cost around 90 yen to produce, on the for about 4,000 yen. Over an 18-month period, he collected 3 million yen in sales.

The matter came to light after other illegal drugs were found by Tokyo Customs in a shipment addressed to Sakurai in January. A subsequent search of the suspect’s residence revealed the drug lab.

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