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American Toyota executive arrested in Japan for suspected drug violation released from custody

  • Julie Hamp, a former highest ranking woman executive of Toyota Motor Corp., leaves Harajuku police station after being released, in Tokyo Wednesday, July 8, 2015. American woman Hamp, who was arrested June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, was released from custody Wednesday. Japanese media reports say Hamp will not face charges. (Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY

    Julie Hamp, a former highest ranking woman executive of Toyota Motor Corp., leaves Harajuku police station after being released, in Tokyo Wednesday, July 8, 2015. American woman Hamp, who was arrested June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, was released from custody Wednesday. Japanese media reports say Hamp will not face charges. (Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY  (The Associated Press)

  • Photographers try to take pictures of Julie Hamp as a car carrying the former highest ranking woman executive of Toyota Motor Corp. leaves Harajuku police station after her release, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. American woman Hamp, who was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, was released from custody Wednesday. Japanese media reports say Hamp will not face charges. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Photographers try to take pictures of Julie Hamp as a car carrying the former highest ranking woman executive of Toyota Motor Corp. leaves Harajuku police station after her release, in Tokyo, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. American woman Hamp, who was arrested on June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, was released from custody Wednesday. Japanese media reports say Hamp will not face charges. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)  (The Associated Press)

Toyota's highest ranking woman executive until her arrest in Japan on suspicion of drug law violations has been released from custody.

Japanese media reports say Julie Hamp will not face charges. The American was released Wednesday.

Hamp resigned last week from Toyota Motor Corp.

She was arrested June 18 on suspicion of bringing oxycodone, a narcotic pain killer, into Japan. The drug is tightly controlled in Japan.

Hamp, 55, was appointed three months ago as the head of public relations at the Japanese automaker, in a high-profile move that was highlighted by the Japanese automaker as promoting diversity.

Police say the drug was founded in a package that was mailed to her from the U.S. She was arrested at a Tokyo hotel where she had been staying.