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English teachers, gyopo, Canadians and pot, oh my!

Well, it seems we’ve got all the bases covered with this one:

Police said Friday they have arrested and detained five people, including a Korean man with Canadian nationality, suspected of dealing marijuana in two separate drug rings.

Police also booked 31 others, including a 36-year-old college professor from the U.S., for investigation without physical detention for allegedly purchasing the drug from the arrested suspects, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

Judging from the story, it seems it’s a case of English teachers smuggling pot to sell to mostly other English teachers. And the cops think there’s more:

Alleging widespread marijuana smoking among foreign teachers, the police said the country needs a more thorough system to identify illegal hemp use among native English-speaking teachers here.

“We plan to further broaden our investigation as there are assumed to be more hemp-circulation rings involving native teachers (of English),” a police official said.

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  • CactusMcHarris

    I don’t know why they have anything to do with those dirty, foreign pot-smoking Canadians – Korea could grow its own good product. At least the teachers were not doing the Seduction of Certain Members of The Minjok with it. Reefer Madness Running Amok in Anyang is not anything we want to read about.

  • gbnhj

    Time to cull the herd.

  • Railwaycharm

    English Teachers

  • jkitchstk

    # 1 CactusMcHarris,
    Korea does grow its own weed. Just go south where Koreans have been caught but rarely do time because they’re old(?) or are charged with dealing, they just grow it for fun.

  • hamel

    A rundown of Marmot’s Hole blogpost titles ending in the phrase “oh my!”:

    Yakuza, triads and ggangpae, oh my! – Dec 28, 2004
    Triads, Yakuza and Mafia, oh my! – Nov 25, 2005
    Thai hookers, ladyboys and English teachers, oh my! – Jan 13, 2006
    Hookers, ganja and stars, oh my! – May 17. 2006
    Snuppies, mammoths and tigers, oh my! – Jul 26, 2006
    War declarations, physical responses, sanctions, Article 42 and PSI, oh my! – Oct 12, 2006
    Blackberries, Beef and Autos, Oh My! – Jan 25, 2008
    Street Protests, Hunger Strikes, Resignation Demands, Oh My!‎ – May 30, 2008
    Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians. Oh my! – Jun 20, 2008
    Entertainers, College Kids, English Teachers, Oh My!‎ – Jun 3, 2009
    Methodists, Anglicans and Hanok, Oh My! – Dec 23, 2009
    Military Coup, Riots, Massacres, Oh My!‎ – Jan 20, 2010
    Canada, Lesbians and Hyundai, Oh My! – Mar 4, 2010
    Mongolia, Nazis and Interracial Sex, Oh My!‎ Aug 4, 2010
    Gays, transgenders and Yakuza, oh my!‎ – Aug 4, 2011
    English teachers, gyopo, Canadians and pot, oh my!‎ – Feb 17, 2012

    And bonuses:
    Oh my, look who’s going to the Final Four – Mar 26, 2007
    Full-scale war, sea of fire, targeted strikes, oh my! – in the post “Odds & Ends” Feb 28, 2011

    Apart from the bonus above, 2007 was bereft of “oh my” titles, whereas 2008 and 2010 proved to be bumper years. I wonder how 2012 will fare…

    Not to be too hard on the Marmot, who after all has run this blog since 2003. It certainly makes you respect the talent of the copy editors at, say, the UK’s that regularly serves up such gold as “I’ve not changed my mind: Our banks are brutish institutions run by brutes” and “Why it’s non for Mademoiselle: French council bans word for ‘Miss’ from official documents because it is ‘sexist’”.

  • hamel

    I sperwered it!

    It certainly makes you respect the talent of the copy editors at, say, the UK’s Daily Mail, that regularly serves up such gold as “I’ve not changed my mind: Our banks are brutish institutions run by brutes” and “Why it’s non for Mademoiselle: French council bans word for ‘Miss’ from official documents because it is ‘sexist’”.

  • Granfalloon

    Every Korean I know who got caught with pot bribed his way out of it. Handing out real penalties to a Korean person is serious business: it involves bringing shame to an entire family. Judges don’t want to do that, so if they can a avoid it, and maybe make some money in the process, all the better.

    Foreigners, on the other hand, well, nobody’s going to be crying over them. Most English teachers don’t have enough money to make a decent bribe, and more importantly, have no one they can borrow from. No family means no support, and no one to bring shame upon. Fuck ‘em.

  • jd

    Whenever I hear about bribes, I’m always very interested in learning the specific amounts.

    I think it’s possible to rate a person’s success in life by looking at the seriousness of the crime they could pay their way out of.

    Am I a jaywalker, or a serial drunk driver?

  • keith

    But are those pot smoking English teaching Gyopo Canadian devils flouting visa regulations by using fake degrees? Do they have the AIDS? Are they giving the AIDS to their students? Are they molesting their students?

    Most importantly though, has the journalist who wrote the article been arrested or sacked for such shoddy writing? This:

    “The Canadian national, a underground hip-hop singer working as a native teacher of English, identified only by the initial of his name H, allegedly sold marijuana to fellow English teachers from the U.S. and Canada as well as to an employee of a local industrial conglomerate, the police said.”

    Has got to be one of the ugliest-poorly composed sentences I’ve ever read in a newspaper article, I wonder if the journalist was ‘out of his gourd’ when he wrote it.

  • http://www.chiamattt.com chiamattt

    Actually, Korea is one of the largest producers of Hemp in the world. The article uses the word hemp as if you can get high from smoking it. You can’t. It was a poor choice of vocabulary.

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Indeed. Hemp makes a fine hanbok, especially in summer.

  • doctoroh

    Hemp can grow in N. Korea as well. A certain group of POWs sequestered in a camp during the war were said to have come across patches growing in the wild while on work detail, and somehow managed to process it into the desired end product. (This, according to Max Hastings.)

  • Khanguru

    The hemp grown for textile purpose (in Korea or anywhere else) is from cannabis sativa variant which I understand is of rather poor recreational quality due to its relatively low THC level compared to the indica variant.

    Vietnamese Canadians in BC brilliantly turned them (sativa variant) by cloning female plants and growing them in intensive hydroponic conditions and only harvesting the buds which is then cold cured. The result is the infamous “BC Buds” which apparently is traded gram for gram for cocaine and is lifeblood of west coast motorcycle gangs running the ganja down and bringing the guns and cocaine to the north.

  • iwshim

    “including a 36-year-old college professor”

    Please somebody tell me the name of the school . Inwha had some trouble a few years ago – if i remember correctly. (1 teacher informed on 4 others to avoid jail time???)

    PS> Does anybody find it odd that these bust NEVER happen when school is in session? Every single time, (go through the list of past stories) every time the bust happens when the students are vacation and when classes cannot be disrupted.

    Do the police have a ‘friendly arrangement’ with the schools to avoid bad publicity.
    Or
    Is there something in the law that make the police act differently and wait until the “ESL ducks are in season”?

    (I know it says “in the school” and it is seperate law governing some schools ,but I am really trying to understand how 100% of the drug busts are during summer/winter vacations.)
    In the Private School Act of Korea it states:

    CHAPTER IV TEACHERS OF PRIVATE SCHOOLS
    SECTION 1 Qualification, Appointment, Dismissal and Duties

    Article 60 (Teacher’s Privilege From Arrest)
    “The teacher of a private school shall not be arrested in the school without the consent of the principal concerned, except in case of flagrant offender.”

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Ah, the return of the quaint English Teacher, pot, sexual molestation, dirty foreigner tricks postings. Rob, do I have to return with my economics, business and finance related posts again!?!?!

    In all honestly, these posts, and the “fans” (or “flies”) that it attracts does tend to wart off, in a very garlic again vampire manner, the more serious guest posters and commenters.

  • DLBarch

    If Korea cops are serious about rooting out marijuana use in Korea, the solution is simple: Every Friday and Saturday night, stake out any all-night convenience store and watch for the foreigner who comes in at 2 am and leaves with a bag of Oreos and Doritos. He’s your man.

    DLB

  • bumfromkorea

    @DLBarch

    No Funyuns and Flaming Hot Cheetos in Korea? :D

  • slim

    Back in the late 1980s, I knew a few foreign guys who bought hemp seed packaged for songbirds at a pet shop and sifted out the “shake” and smoked it for a weak buzz. I would think the pressure-cooker life in Korea would be a general buzz killer — or require stronger meds.

  • Charles Tilly

    If Korea cops are serious about rooting out marijuana use in Korea, the solution is simple: Every Friday and Saturday night, stake out any all-night convenience store and watch for the foreigner who comes in at 2 am and leaves with a bag of Oreos and Doritos.

    Or the ones asking for directions to the nearest White Castle. They’d look something like this ;)

  • slim

    That lawyer fellow Carr is on record pining for Taco Bell. Just sayin’.

  • DLBarch

    I doubt very much ol’ Brandon considers himself much of a real Missourian after all these decades abroad, but I think the drug of choice in the “Show Me” state is meth.

    BTW, I’m just curious why all these pot-smoking ESL teachers are still coming to Korea, when the demand for ESL teachers in Brazil is off the charts.

    Better beaches and smokin’ hot chicks, too!

    DLB

  • Granfalloon

    Iwsim,
    Didn’t know about that. But I had police come directly to my university and specifically single me out for a drug test ( apparently, they had some info that I was into the pot). I think they probably had to get my school’s permission, though.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    I doubt very much ol’ Brandon considers himself much of a real Missourian after all these decades abroad, but I think the drug of choice in the “Show Me” state is meth.

    Ol’ Brendon does consider himself a real Missourian after all these decades abroad! Certainly not a stinking Californian (the very worst Americans). M! I! Z! And as a libertarian, ol’ Brendon says let ‘em have their choices. Is it meth? I don’t know. If it’s your objective to get f’ed up, meth will do the job. But when we were cruising back roads of Missouri last summer on our family vacation, our drug of choice was biscuits and gravy.

  • Creo69

    “Ah, the return of the quaint English Teacher, pot, sexual molestation, dirty foreigner tricks postings. Rob, do I have to return with my economics, business and finance related posts again!?!?!

    In all honestly, these posts, and the “fans” (or “flies”) that it attracts does tend to wart off, in a very garlic again vampire manner, the more serious guest posters and commenters.”

    Yeh…please…some more economics, business and finance related posts. It would be much easier to read a total of 3 comments instead of the 300 comments that one post on “A Child Molesting American Spending a Winter’s Morn at the Sauna Post Generatesㅋㅋㅋ

  • http://populargusts.blogspot.com/ bulgasari

    @7 – Most of the trial outcomes of foreign teachers – and US soldiers, as compiled monthly at ROK Drop – for drugs (possession or importing small amounts) that I’ve managed to come across in recent years have been suspended sentences or fines. Growing, I would imagine, might get a stiffer penalty – one much higher than what old folks get. It’s worth remembering as well that almost all of the arrests for 마약, or narcotics (opium, its derivatives, or cocaine) is old people growing opium poppies (according to last year’s Supreme Prosecutor’s Office report on drug arrests). The elderly generally get warnings, suspended sentences or fines, depending on the number of opium plants, and at least one arrest of a farmer for growing pot saw charged with illegal cultivation, not contravention of the drug control law.

    @12. The book “Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War: An Oral History of Korean War POWs” also has a soldier remembering that the Turkish prisoners showed them how to find and smoke marijuana from the wild hemp that grew in the area. It apparently worked well, and the soldier said giving it to soldiers who were refusing to eat the prison food probably saved their lives. It was something along the lines of ‘We’d get him as high as a kite and he’d think he was eating a steak.’

    @18 Hemp seeds are considered by some (like 허준) to be medicinal, and they’re sold in traditional medicinal markets (and even online). Some Korean friends years ago knew where to get them and would use a colander to rub off the skins (like the skin of a peanut) and smoke the resulting powder. Apparently the buzz wasn’t weak.

    I’ve also been told by foreigners here in the 60s and 70s that smoking the local hemp ‘would just give you a headache.’ Don’t know if that was true everywhere, though – there must have been a reason USFK kept asking the Korean government to make pot illegal in the late 60s (‘Indian hemp’ was illegal, but not the local stuff), in order to prevent Koreans from selling it to soldiers in the camptown areas.

  • http://populargusts.blogspot.com/ bulgasari

    Whoops –
    ‘…saw him charged with illegal cultivation…’
    ‘I’ve also been told by foreigners who were here in the 60s and 70s…’

    I love the title of the NoCut News article about this:
    ‘또 원어민강사 마약 범죄…힙합가수·대학교수 등 포함’

    You’ve also got to love the file photo accompanying their story. As we all know, marijuana is a fine white powder.

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