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USFK sex and drug crimes on the rise. And what’s up with USFK’s mail?

USFK has issued a statement of regret for an incident that took place last night in—sit for this—Dongducheon in which a 26-year-old GI attempted to sexually assault a bar worker. Or so he is accused. He is also accused of beating the bar owner when he stepped in to stop the alleged assault.

According to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office, crimes by American GIs climbed 20.5% between 2007 (283 cases) and last year (341 cases). The upward trend has continued through this year—as of the end of June, GIs had committed 205 crimes. In particular, sex crimes and drug crimes have skyrocketed. In 2008 and 2009, there were just four cases of sex crimes committed by GIs. This year, there were already seven cases as of the end of June. In 2008 and 2009, GIs committed four and six drug-related offenses, respectively. This year, they’ve already committed 10.

An opposition lawmaker has claimed USFK’s mail is being used to smuggle drugs into the country. From the KT:

The U.S. military postal system is being used as a supply channel for new kinds of drugs entering Korea, according to an opposition lawmaker Monday.

To put the brakes on the runaway rise in drugs sent here, it is crucial the Korea Customs Service (KCS) steps up surveillance and inspections Rep. Kim Hyun-mee of the main opposition Democratic United Party. The KCS seized 2.878 kilograms of illegal drugs from the Joint Military Mail Terminal (JMMT) in the first nine months of this year. That is 7.7 times higher than a year ago, Kim said.

Most of the drugs seized were “JWH-018,” better known as “spice,” which mainly sells secretly in Hongdae and Itaewon, Rep. Kim said in a press release.

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  • SomeguyinKorea

    “2.878 kilograms”?

    Really? You’re kidding, right? 2.878 kilograms? That’s huge. My, it’s almost 3.000 kilograms….

    Rounding it out to 2.8 kg, or even 3kg, would have been accurate enough for the article, but to the layperson it’s certainly not as impressive as 2.878 kilograms, isn’t it?

  • palladin9479

    Most of the spice smuggling is actually from dependents having their friends back home send it to their APO address. Korean customs already checks the mail, problem is they tend to steal lots of high value items coming through. Customs forms have the value of the included items printed, so if it’s a box from Newegg / Amazon / ect.. carrying mail order stuff, well it tends to go missing. Many people have switched to freight forwarders in the USA, have their package sent to the freight forwarder who then repackages the original box into a generic looking box that states it’s contents as $50 “goods for service members”, those packages rarely get “lost”.

    So yeah APO mail over here can be really sketchy and is abused both by dependents and the Korean black marketers. Occasionally you’ll get a service member stupid enough to get something bad mailed, they always end up getting caught though and UCMJ isn’t kind on drug possession.

  • KrZ

    Do they have something similar to the US Chemical Analogues Act or do they have to go through and get each new addition to the JWH series made illegal? That would prove quite troublesome. The things getting passed through in the analog market now are growing increasingly bizarre. Twisted PCP analogs that no one knows anything about.

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  • johnhenry

    You’ll love this. Go to http://epaper.stripes.com to check out the 31 October 2013 issue of the Stars & Stripes. Do you know how many drug packages have been intercepted in the USFK mail? Two. Dos. Tul. Yep, 2. That’s it. It’s a freaking tidal wave…if the tidal wave happens to be in a freaking teacup.