Kokubo arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling

Japanese snowboarder Kazuhiro Kokubo has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling marijuana.

The Health, Welfare and Labor Ministry's Narcotics Control Department arrested Kokubo on Wednesday following a tip that he has been bringing in marijuana from overseas.

Kokubo finished eighth in the halfpipe event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

He has since been working as an instructor and professional snowboarder.