I previously posted about a US soldier arrested for smuggling spice into South Korea. Via a reader tip this below article states that the 2nd Infantry Division soldier responsible for smuggling 7.5 pounds of spice into South Korea was the largest drug bust in the country’s history:
South Korean prosecutors have secured a warrant for the arrest of an active duty U.S. Army private suspected of smuggling 7.5 pounds of synthetic marijuana into the country, RTTNews reports.
The soldier, from the 2nd Infantry Division, allegedly smuggled about 3,400 grams of synthetic marijuana – known by brand names Spice or K2 – into South Korea from Hungary and the United States via international air mail between August last year and January of this year, according to an official from Seoul Central Prosecutor’s office.
The Yonhap news agency reported that the quantity smuggled has an estimated street value of $175,500, making this the largest drug smuggling case in South Korea history.
The private will be transferred to South Korean custody on Monday, according to the 2nd Infantry Division of U.S. Forces in South Korea and reported by K.J. Kwon of CNN. [Business Insider]
You can read the rest at the link, but the article says there are five more US citizens to include a former soldier being prosecuted as well. I looked at the ROK criminal prosecutions on the USFK webpage and they haven’t updated anything on there since July 2012 so I do not know if the soldier or any other military members have been convicted yet in this case. According to the Asian Correspondent the police were investigating over 10 other US soldiers involved with this crime that were caught selling the drug in Itaewon. There are also other Americans and foreigners to include an Iranian under investigation as well.
Finally with a street value of only $175,500 you would think there would have been larger drug busts before in Korea?