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Japan charges 2 with peddling fake radiation drug

From Junko Ogura, CNN
Damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spread radioactive contamination across the plant's surrounding areas.
Damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has spread radioactive contamination across the plant's surrounding areas.
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  • The suspects made nearly $600 from three people, police said
  • They are charged with selling medicine without a license
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Tokyo (CNN) -- Japanese police have charged two people with selling a bogus drug they told buyers would protect them from radiation exposure, investigators said Tuesday.

The substance, sold as "Premium Zeolite," was billed as absorbing radioactive substances and allowing the body to excrete them within six hours. Tokyo's Metropolitan Police said the two had made 47,500 yen (about $565) from selling the drug online to three people in Ibaraki Prefecture, near the earthquake-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Police said they found another 47 bottles of the product in their office.

The suspects, Natsumi Chiba, 29, and Fumitaka Umewaka, 50, have been charged with selling medicine without a license. They were being held for questioning late Tuesday, Tokyo police said.

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