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Foreigners busted for drugs, complain of loneliness and stress in Korea

- Prosecutors in lovely Daegu have booked and detained six folk, including a Brit teaching at a local middle school and a Yank hagwon teacher, on charges of smuggling/using “new drugs,” in this case Spice and DMT.

Some 12 other folks, including a USFK dependent and a Canadian hagwon teacher, were booked without detention on the same charges.

Police accuse the motley crew of smuggling the drugs from China and the Netherlands using—sit down for this—international mail and either taking it themselves or selling it to other foreigners.

By nationality, nine were Americans, followed by four Koreans, two Canadians and one Brit, Australians and Kiwi. Personally, I blame the state of Colorado.

The accused reportedly told investigators during questioning that the started taking drugs to “alleviate the loneliness and stress of life in Korea.”

Oh, and speaking of foreign crime, Statistics Korea’s latest report on social trends show that the gap between foreigner and domestic crime rates are closing—the Korean rate of criminality is just 1.8 times that of foreigners. And to make matters worse, foreign criminals tend to be more violent—murder accounted for 0.59% of crimes committed by foreigners in 2010, five times the Korean rate. The rate for mugging was four times higher.

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  • http://www.eslwriting.org/ eslwriter

    Great. Now we can add the declining gap in differential crime rates to the long list of reasons to believe that 2014 is going to be an ugly one.

  • RElgin

    . . . but does this mean SIGNIFICANT CHANGE in crime rates mean that Koreans are becoming more like foreigners or are foreigners becoming more like Koreans?

    Maybe this is a lifestyle trend . . .

  • brier

    The Korean media’s self licking ice cream cone of woe is us to live with this menace. Clean living local minjok v. drug addled foreigners. I imagine the same stuff and hair splitting numbers will be reported much the same in a 100 years as they are now.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    I hope they throw the book at these guys and I hope the story gets circulated widely on the blogosphere. How many times will it take before English teachers get it through their still-stuck-in-college heads that using and distributing drugs in a foreign country with strict drug laws is a dumb f*cking idea?

  • Sumo294

    Hmmnnn . . . I am more curious about how the cops found out. Had to be a disgruntled customer methinks.

  • judge judy

    hundred to one it was a jilted lover.

  • seouldout

    Good heavens! Don’t these fools know the surefire cure for stress and loneliness is soju?

  • redwhitedude

    The ones making out like bandits are ethnic Koreans with foreign nationality. They commit the crime and it gets reported as ‘foreign’ crime. What do people think of ‘foreigners’? Those that don’t look Korean.

  • seouldout

    Wasn’t it you the other day who wrote that Koreans don’t view foreigners as fully human? Seems to me you already know the answer to your question.

  • redwhitedude

    I’m not sure if I wrote “fully human” exactly. But I think I might have mentioned that foreigners may not viewed just as any person.

  • RElgin

    There are constant and regular postal inspections of packages that come into Korea. It was only a matter of time before things were found.

  • bloviator

    Wonder what the stats are on gyopo crime? It always seems to be the gyopos trying to make money out of drugs, and a few English teachers smoking marijuana for recreation.

  • MikeinGyeonggi

    Could be – that’s common. Or it could be the idiocy of importing drugs through the mail

  • SugarFruit

    the gap between foreigner and domestic crime rates are closing—the Korean rate of criminality is just 1.8 times that of foreigners

    Thanks to the Chinese/ Chinese Koreans – most of them were criminals in China -who obtained Korean citizenship via marriages. Thanks heaps to No Mu Heon government, they entered Korea without criminal background check.

    The media never reveal their original nationality. However, if native English teachers commit crimes, they make a big deal out of it

  • SugarFruit

    “…..the gap between foreigner and domestic crime rates are closing—the Korean rate of criminality is just 1.8 times that of foreigners….”

  • redwhitedude

    They really should begin break down crime like that. Add Gyopo and/or ethnic Korea with foreign citizenship. Also they should report more crimes committed by domestic Koreans. Ultimately it is Korea that gets shortchanged not foreigners.

  • SeoulGoodman

    Stressed? Start working out or ask your doctor to prescribe you some chill pills.

  • seouldout

    Do that and where then is the sensationalism? :p

  • redwhitedude

    The point is to do away with it and educate the public.

  • seouldout

    Here ya are, chum: “Not to sound like an excuse but it is hard to see nonKoreans as being human as Koreans when this is the situation.”

  • redwhitedude

    Can you quote my whole post?

  • seouldout

    I’m not your research assistant. Go look it up yourself.

  • redwhitedude

    You were who brought it up.

  • silver surfer

    Foreigners pleading stress and loneliness? Worth a try, but will it garner as much sympathy as it does for the average Korean ajossi in a compromising situation?

  • bumfromkorea

    It’s amazing how, no matter where you are, the nativists sound exactly the same.

  • Bob Bobbs

    Nasty.

  • seouldout

    In reply to your question: “What do people think of ‘foreigners’?”

  • yangachibastardo

    For rather obvious reasons tears are rolling down my cheeks:

    It is still the roaring 00′s somehow

    Drugs, teachers, xenophobia, seouldout…if only 2ne1 could manage to come out with a piece of listenable crap again

  • redwhitedude

    quote the whole post.

  • redwhitedude

    and stop being such an eyesore that 2ne1.

  • wangkon936

    Yeah, whatever happened to 2ne1? Lately their music sucks donkey balls. Maybe Ted Park is no longer their producer?

  • yangachibastardo

    I know deep inside you’re aching to hear my own dubstep version of Crayon Pop 크레용팝 꾸리스마스

  • redwhitedude

    And put yourself in the program 뽀뽀뽀? Be my guest. That group belongs there.

  • redwhitedude

    Looks like it is time for them to break up. Not a good sign for the performers.

  • yangachibastardo

    Yep Teddy apparently has moved on to bigger things apparently…me personally thinks 2ne1 was a gigantic case of Wonder Girls all over again: agency really believed they were 1 mere step from world domination and lost 2 years without setting up any clear strategy to achieve that.

    BTW in the 2 years stint (11-13) i spent as an agent for the cosmetic laser company i had the chance to interact with people attached to the fringes of the hallyu industry. Had a really shitty impression of the whole thing to be honest.

    Possibly the only charlatenesque side of the Korean economy i ever dealt with and imho a bloated sector that is showing clear signs of being in a bubble.

    A Korean acquaintance of mine working in the chemicals for beauty products sector told me flat-out “stay away from that kind of people”

  • yangachibastardo

    I see: year after year the lack of appreciation for true art by the commentariat here is incorregible…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzSAO8op0ow

  • redwhitedude

    First you mention toddler music, now gay boy band. What are you getting at?

    BTW why did they had to make a sequel to Friends? Couldn’t they have left it as is?

  • yangachibastardo

    Agreed…친구 2 will go down on history as one of the most inane sequel ideas ever conceived

  • yangachibastardo

    By the way before 크레용팝 turned into a surrealist YT meme, at the very beginning of their career they managed too come out with one of the best debuts in the genre:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3wnue2ivNg

    The one and only instance of k-pop going free-style that i’m aware of

    You know, being a former Guido club rat, some things touch my frail heart

  • redwhitedude

    They went the wrong direction. *sign*

  • redwhitedude

    How about a sequel toe Dae Jang Geum? More bad ideas. It looks like Korea TV and movie have gone the way of Hollywood with useless sequel making.

  • redwhitedude

    At least I am doing my part of staying away from them. They are closer to lady gaga in presentation.

  • redwhitedude

    What? They can’t go to red light districts like before???

  • yangachibastardo

    Almost as bad as a 조선 여형사 다모 sequel !!

    Yes more sequels and recycling, nothing stays fresh forever i guess. i kinda enjoyed 학교 2013 though

    and i feverishly loved 무정도시, despite the obvious Infernal Affairs influence

  • redwhitedude

    Oh great! 2ne1 is going to be on Bachelors.
    http://news.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2014/01/08/2014010803286.html
    Either 2ne1 is desperate for exposure in the US or Bachelor is tanking and needs something to keep it going. It could be both.

    Perhaps these girls are desperate for dates. Lol.

    What next? Crayon Pop on Sesame Street?