Report: Julie Hamp to be released, probably won't be charged

Prosecutors found little evidence of criminal intent, according to Japan's Kyodo News.

Former Toyota global communications leader Julie Hamp will be released from police custody in Japan, and authorities will likely not charge her with a crime, the Japanese Kyodo News service reported on Tuesday.

She was unlikely to be charged because prosecutors found little criminal intent, according to the report.

Hamp resigned as Toyota’s global managing officer and CCO last week. She was arrested in Tokyo on June 18 for allegedly importing illegal painkillers into the country. Senior managing officer Shigeru Hayakawa has taken on Hamp’s responsibilities until a full-time replacement is named.

Hamp was arrested last month after customs agents reportedly found 57 tablets containing oxycodone, which is tightly regulated in Japan, in a package mailed to her from the US. She reportedly told authorities that she did not intend to break Japanese law.

Although the painkiller is widely prescribed in the US, it is considered a narcotic in Japan and requires permission to be imported into the country.

Hamp relocated to Japan in April after she was promoted from North American CCO the month prior. She was the first female senior executive to reach that level at the automaker. Hamp previously served as PepsiCo’s CCO and SVP of consumer relations for more than four years and worked at General Motors for more than 25 years.

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