Celebrities and conglomerates’ third generation who habitually smoked marijuana and even sold it to people around them were indicted.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Violent Crime Department (chief prosecutor Shin Joon Ho) said on Jan 26th that they had booked a total of 20 people and indicted 17 of them as a result of directly investigating the rich who distributed marijuana supplied by Korean-Americans for 4 months from September last year.
Of the 17 people indicted, 10 were arrested and 7 were indicted without detention. The three people who fled the country are currently wanted.
The suspects are said to include 6 conglomerates/medium-sized enterprises’ second~third generation, children of former high-ranking officials, representatives of entertainment agencies, and entertainers such as singers.
Previously, the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office’s Violent Crime Department indicted singer Ahn from a three-member group on charges of habitually administering cannabis.
While arresting and investigating Ahn on charges of cultivating marijuana, etc., the prosecution secured evidence of Ahn exchanging messages related to buying and selling marijuana as well as payment details. Apart from Ahn, the prosecution then expanded the investigation and indicted Hong, the grandson of Namyang Dairy’s founder and cousin of Hwang Ha Na, who caused controversy over habitual methamphetamine administration, and Jo, Hyosung Group’s third generation. Hong is also accused of giving marijuana to others and smoking together with them.
The prosecution handed over a total of 9 people, including Ahn, to custody trial.