The Japanese police raided the headquarters of Toyota along with their Tokyo and Nagoya offices on Tuesday, Fox News reports via the Associated Press.
The raids came after Japanese authorities discovered Julie Hamp, a top-tier executive at Toyota, trying to bring oxycodone into Japan. She was subsequently arrested at her hotel on Thursday, June 18. (RELATED: Toyota Executive Arrested For Pain Pills)
Hamp is an American woman, who serves as the head of public relations for Toyota and assumed that post in April.
She could remain in custody for as long as 23 days without formal charges, according to Fox News.
The executive was in the middle of a move to Japan from the U.S. and the drugs were discovered in a parcel that she mailed to herself. The parcel also included some of Hamp’s jewelry.
Japan is known for having strict import laws especially in regards to medications.
The 55-year old is the highest ranked woman at the automaker. Her appointment was touted at Toyota as a mark of diversity.
A Toyota spokesman declined to comment to the AP.