Former Toyota exec Julie Hamp likely to be released, not charged
According to Reuters citing Japanese news reports, prosecutors believe that Hamp lacked criminal intent in attempting to obtain the addictive opioid, and they may not further pursue the case. A family member allegedly sent the pills for Hamp's knee pain in packages marked as jewelry. July 8 is the last day that authorities can keep her without a charge.
Following Hamp's arrest, Japanese authorities also searched Toyota's headquarters for additional evidence. She apparently had some support from within the automaker because company boss Akio Toyoda publicly advocated for her. Throughout the investigation, Hamp has reportedly maintained that she didn't know the drug was illegal in Japan. If tried and found guilty, Hamp could have faced years in prison.
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