Julie Hamp, Toyota’s former executive to be released from custody without legal charges, Tokyo prosecutors stated.
Hamp, former executive of the Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp. was arrested at a Tokyo Hotel on June 18. Charged on suspicion of bringing oxycodone in Japan, a narcotic pain killer which is tightly controlled in the country, according to Kyodo report.
Julie Hamp, 55, joined Toyota in 2012, worked in its U.S. operations until her latest promotion as the head of communications. She resigned her post last week.
The Police said, The drug was found by Japanese customs in a package that was sent to Hamp by mail from the United States by a family member to alleviate her knee pain.
Kyodo said Hamp, is set to be released without indictment on Wednesday which is the latest time she can be held without a formal charge.
She has not been available for comment although the Yomiuri said according to reports that Hamp had stated that she knew the drug was regulated in Japan, but that she did not consider it an illegal drug.
Julie Hamp Toyota’s female exec had been in the process of moving to Japan as the first foreign executive of Toyota to be permanently stationed in Japan, according to reports.
Hamp’s appointment as head of communications last April had been highlighted by Toyota Motor Corp. as a step toward promoting diversity, according to reports.
Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda has said he believed Hamp had no intention of breaking the law. Police say Hamp has denied trying to import an illegal drug.
Japanese media said the drugs were hidden in a package containing jewelry with the 57 oxycodone pills. Police have no comments on the reports.