TOKYO: A former Major League Baseball player has been arrested in Japan for allegedly carrying a bullet, running afoul of the country’s strict weapons laws.
Dominican Yamaico Navarro was stopped at an airport security check in Okinawa on Sunday, a local police official told Agence France-Presse.
The 28-year-old infielder was leaving the subtropical island after playing a pre-season game with Chiba Lotte Marines, for whom he signed last month.
Navarro reportedly told police the bullet had come from the Dominican Republic and he had not been aware that it was in his bag.
Ownership of guns and ammunition is strictly controlled in Japan, where firearms are ex-ceedingly uncommon.
Before joining Lotte, Navarro played for South Korea’s Samsung Lions.
He has also had spells with the Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles in the US Major Leagues.