- 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.