Korean schoolgirl popped in Kenya with 3.4 kilos of meth

Perhaps she was investigating Kenya’s “primitive energy or was simply a pawn of foreign drug dealers, but a 3rd grade high school student has been arrested on suspicion of trafficking meth.

It was reported that 3.4 kilograms of methamphetamine was found in the wooden dolls she was carrying in her bag.

“Kim said she received the dolls and the bag from a worker of a local company where she worked, saying he asked her to take them to Seoul. After being tipped off about the drug transfer, the Kenyan drug squad was waiting along the road to the airport and searched the car she was riding in,” a ministry official said.

The Korean Foreign Ministry and the girl’s family say she was being used by a local drug trafficker and that she was only there to (ahem) prepare for life in the U.S.

“We are trying to prove her innocence, telling the Kenyan authorities that she is only a student and was there to gain work experience before applying to attend a U.S. college,” the official said.

The ministry also noted that yes, boys and girls, as we were all taught, when it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

“Recently, there are cases of members of foreign drug rings in Korea asking Korean nationals to deliver drugs or items in which drugs are hidden, to specific countries, offering free overseas travel in return,” the ministry said on the website.

  • brier

    Frog in the well, frog out of the well. You are going to have problems.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com setnaffa

    Given that

    (a) we are constantly warned not to take stuff from strangers and

    (b) we are all more greedy than wise at times,

    I don’t see this as an isolated case; but she ought to be sentenced to telling her story in every school in Korea when she serves her time and gets deported from Kenya.

  • Maximus2008

    Hey, but that’s nothing. Wait until Q shows us what American and Japanese high schoolers do these days…

  • http://geoju.kr fanwarrior

    “Kim’s family left for Kenya on Saturday after the ministry urgently issued passports for them. The ministry is helping them hire a local lawyer.”

    How refreshing. What would the response of the Canadian or US embassies be? “here is a list of lawyers, now get out of our face”

  • R. Elgin

    Kenyans have been running drug rings for some time now, according to the papers, however, there seems to be a reinvestment in that country by Italian crime gangs:


  • Veritas

    The episode about the tourist who met a Korean-Canadian seems to make better sense – in this case, I’m not entirely sure why she thought it would be a good idea to carry these wooden dolls to Seoul. Maybe there is something about the story that was omitted but it really screams “suspicious”.

    As stated, we’re constantly warned not to take stuff from strangers at airports and they say that for a good reason. I do hope she is actually innocent (albeit rather naive) – or else she just killed any chance of studying in the U.S.

  • hamel

    Maximus2008: thanks. Your comment made me laugh, then weep a little.

    R. Elgin: guess we can be expecting a comment about meth first hand from YB, then?

  • hamel

    Question: was she in Kenya because her trip had been paid for by someone in the first place?

    It seems interesting that, unlike what you might expect in this kind of case, the girl’s parents are not the jetsetting type (else why did they need assistance getting Korean passports?).

    There are some elements of the story that might clear up in the coming weeks.

    It also reminds me of the Koreans who have been caught over the years acting as mules for Nigerian drug dealers.

    But hey – Kenya produces crystal meth now? I thought North Korea did more than enough to supply the East Asia region. Imagine a scenario in which NK drug gangsters start issuing recriminations against Kenyan gangs for horning in on their turf.

  • http://atlantarofters.blogspot.com The Sanity Inspector

    Sad to see a student eff up like this in a foreign country.

  • cm

    Kenya should make an example of her, there’s no excuse for drug smuggling and there’s no excuse for such stupidity.

  • cm

    Stupidity, as in taking bags for total strangers.

  • CactusMcHarris


    You want a first-hand account? Ask away.

  • CactusMcHarris


    I know it’s rather extreme, but I’m of the opinion such stupid people (when there may not be much expectation in improvements) might be prevented from reproducing.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    How many days do you you end up masturbating after you take meth? At what point into the cycle of use does stealing a car begin to seem like a good idea?

  • CactusMcHarris


    For me, little and none are the answers. Now thinking that I could use meth andstudy Hanja and retain it was a different story. If you want to know more you can email me privately – I don’t mind sharing with you and hamel, but I’m pretty sure certain bozos don’t need to know my previous life. However, if it keeps one person off meth, for me it’s spilled milk 20 or more years ago.

  • Wedge

    #3: Cue tu quoque repsonse from Q in five… four… three…

    #4: Sad but true on the U.S. Embassy. The smaller and less important the country, the more the local embassy will go to bat for its citizens. For the State Department, relations with the host nation are far more important than the well-being of an inconsequential tourist or resident in distress.

  • Wedge

    Cactus: With the quasi-glamorization of meth in “Breaking Bad,” perhaps a good counterargument would be useful on the Hole.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    “Breaking Bad” sure doesn’t make it look glamorous from my perspective. They make Jesse’s house seem like a circle of Hell, in actual fact.

  • Wedge

    That’s why I used the modifier “quasi.” I would guess, and I’m no shrink, a certain segment might be attracted to the stuff based on that show. Anyway, up to Cactus to decide whether his privacy would be at risk.

  • Q

    Maximus2008, Wedge,

    멍석 깔아줘서 고맙다만 사양할게.

  • MrMao

    The Kenyan victims of low-quality Korean students without diplomas must be protected.

  • http://bcarr.com Brendon Carr

    Actually, MrMao, I’m pretty sure that the entire state apparatus will be motivated to protect this pure childlike Korean student from low-quality Kenyans. That’s because I’ve read B.R. Myers.

  • paulhewson

    All Korean high school girls should face mandatory drug testing before being allowed to enter the United States. I don’t want them corrupting American society. Young, impressionable American men should also be warned about them. Maybe someone should produce an unbiased and well-balanced TV show.

  • YangachiBastardo

    Malindi is for us what Pattaya is for the Germans: a place full of our worst pezzi di merda, but i highly doubt these losers are in any way affiliated with any serious criminal ring: too stupid and inept to be taken seriously. Let alone the fact their average age is quite high: basically your stereotypical demographic of horny pensioners in search of cheap pussy.

    Meth here is mostly popular around the Ultras scene and the club scene (the 2 often overlap), we generally call it shabu or ya-ba or sometimes simply X.

    Actully it has grown since the 90’s as the new club drug, alternative to the x.

    By the way , contrary to popular belief, Itaalian cartels are scarcely involved in drug trafficking. The Calabrian port town of Gioia Tauro sees lots of cocaine trade, but the local mafia (‘ndrangheta) is just happy with charging some logistics fee rather than smuggling the shit themselves.

    Some Neapolitan cartels import through Gioia Tauro and sell medium-sized quantities of blow, they sell them wholesale in the infamous Secondigliano town of Gomorrah fame. Buyers are generally small local gangs of dealers coming from all over the country (many of ’em made of Romanian, Montenegrin and Albanian citizens) and even mom ‘n pop shops selling to friends and co-workers.

    Many other people buy their shit through South American (coke) or Arab (heroin) brokers, who have access to local sources.

    Trafficking is hence highly fragmented and in no way what can be loosely defined as the Mafia tries to monopolize it. If you buy the shit in the country it is highly unlikely you purchased it from a serious cartel.

    The reason for that is that dealing is basically a low margin chump change business for pezzenti. Serious money is in illegal waste dumping, real estate, energy products trade (more and more thanks to the alliance with the Russian and Caucasus cartels) and financial services.

    As for meth, the industry is even more amateurish: mostly small labs owned by, as i said, people somehow involved with the club scene.

    Hope that helps Hamel :)


    The crank shit just made me really really violent and not much else, overall a really shitty drug

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


    You sure watch a lot of cable original TV shows.


    That was epic. We need more eurotrash commenters in this blog.

  • Bendrix

    it was gonna be used to power the nationalist army sk is creating to blitzkrieg, um, Dokdo. just kidding. this is a weird story.

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  • CactusMcHarris


    As I said, it’s water under the bridge. Getting caught saved my life, I have little doubt. I served no jail time, I didn’t get a dishonorable (it was other than honorable, which I can request to upgrade to general should I wish), and I came out with my sanity more or less shaken but not broken. If you want to know more, ask away – I’m somewhat fearless about talking about my prior hiroppon drug use. I figure the shittier I can make it sound the less likely someone might use it. It truly doesn’t help one’s language skills, even if one’s going to a top-notch ohaktang.

    That show doesn’t show any of our ilk – that’s pretty light years from what I saw, but I was the end consumer, so as long as I kept my nose clean (that was the whole point to not to, eh?) I didn’t associate with the bad dudes.

  • Jashin Densetsu


    you should’ve just taken adderall bro.

  • hamel

    Cactus: how would one contact you off-blog?

  • Koreansentry

    Shame on her, this is result of getting close to Blacks.

  • sadsack

    Stenaffa – if she tried and said guilty she not be deported – its life till die in kenya prison.
    to many comments say guilty and not to go US – I know – she stupid yes guilty no and is to be an american student of university so not lie just dumb to the world. could be anyone daughter friend who just bit dumb to world. not all are clever in this way.