FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- A former resident of Stamford resigned from her position with Toyota after her arrest in Japan on suspicion of importing the drug oxycodone, according to reports.
Julie Hamp joined Toyota in 2012 and was the automaker’s most senior woman executive. She formerly lived in Stamford before taking the post. Hamp had worked at PepsiCo in Purchase, N.Y., from December 2007 to March 2012 as the senior vice president for communications, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was the chief communications officer for North America for Toyota.
Hamp resigned Tuesday and Toyota “accepted her resignation after considering the concerns and inconvenience that recent events have caused our stakeholders," according to a statement from the company.
Hamp was arrested in June on charges of using a parcel service to import oxycodone. The drug is considered a narcotic in Japan but is a legal prescription painkiller in the United States.
Hamp told police she did not intend to import narcotics, according to Japanese media.
According to Internet searches, Hamp lived in Stamford before selling her home in 2012.
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