Police decided to not reapply for warrant and hand over“drug suspect” Yoo Ah In to prosecutor’s office without detention 

The police eventually sent actor Yoo Ah In, who is accused of violating the Narcotics Control Act, to prosecutors without detention.

On June 8th, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s Drug Crime Investigation Unit announced their decision to send Yoo Ah In, who is suspected of habitual drug use, and his best friend Choi, who took drugs with together with him, to the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office without detention on the 9th.

After the arrest warrant request for Yoo Ah In was rejected during the substantive examination of the warrant held on May 24th, the police considered whether to reapply for the arrest warrant. However, Yoo Ah In partially admitted to the charges at the substantive examination, making it highly likely that the court would not issue an arrest warrant even if they reapplied. As a result, the police decided to give up on warrant reapplication. Later, the police summoned Yoo Ah In for questioning on June 4th. Artist Choi, who is also being investigated together with Yoo Ah In, was already summoned on May 26th.


Earlier, Yoo Ah In was accused of having been habitually administering propofol at hospitals in Gangnam and Yonsan, Seoul since early 2021. On top of that, Yoo Ah In not only tested positive for propofol but also hemp, cocaine, and ketamine. Recently, he has been accused of taking five types of drugs including excessive prescription of zolpidem.

Prior to the warrant hearing held last month, Yoo Ah In stated, “I admit a large part of the charges.” The court rejected the warrant, stating, “A considerable amount of evidence related to the crime has already been secured, and the basic facts are generally acknowledged, with a stable place of residence and no previous record of similar crimes. It is difficult to conclude that there is a risk of destroying evidence or fleeing. At this stage, it is difficult to recognize the need for detention.”


The police have booked a total of 21 people without detention on charges of misuse of medical drugs, including Yoo Ah In, 8 people around him, and 12 medical officials, including 10 doctors.

A, who is associated with Yoo Ah In, is currently fleeing overseas. The police have obtained an arrest warrant for A, invalidated A’s passport, and requested Interpol’s red notice. The police plan to transfer 18 people, excluding Yoo Ah In, Choi, and A, sequentially.

Source: Daum

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