KBS reports that Seoul’s finest have arrested a couple of gyopo university students for distributing weed they grew in a rented room.
According to the report, a 23-year-old Mr. Seo and another guy had allegedly taken a university-area rented room and filled it with stuff for growing weed.
Perhaps because they were stoned, KBS says, they couldn’t even keep themselves steady when the police came for them.
Mr. Seo reportedly told police as he was being arrested that they had no right to arrest foreigners. I watched the video, and I couldn’t understand what he was saying, so I’ll let you watch and be the judge.
Seo and his alleged colleague are overseas Koreans who got into local universities through foreign student admissions.
Displaying both the entrepreneurial spirit and zeal for education for which overseas Koreans are so famous, they allegedly purchased pot seeds through the Internet and learned how to cultivate the weed.
They allegedly sold 300 grams of pot, making 45 million won. They also reportedly smoked some of their gear, something that might be inferred by the video of the arrest.
They even drove stoned, reported KBS.
According to one cop from Seoul Metro Police international crimes division, the suspects got together with other gyopi in parks, on the street and in bars to toke up.
Police have detained the two young men, and booked another 23 individuals—including a 23-year-old gyopo student named Mr. Oh—for buying and smoking weed from them.
And no, no nationalities were mentioned.
(HT to Tilly)
UPDATE: According to Yonhap, the two who were detained are, it would seem, Korean nationals, but permanent residents of the United States and Argentina. They were also (allegedly) selling their gear for 150,000 won a gram.
Another guy—apparently Korean, but in cahoots with a Korean LA gang member—was busted for smuggling meth and pot into Korea and selling it to foreign students.
And here’s your obligatory police quote:
A police official said, “Gyopo or foreign students who have come from places like the United States, where people smoke marijuana relatively freely, are committing drug crimes with little sense of guilt… As they could easily learn on the Internet how to raise marijuana, which requires a high degree of skill such as lighting, temperature moderation and air circulation control, we need a systemic mechanism to stop this.”
I’ll let you ponder that.
On a positive note, though, after reading these reports, perhaps Korean students will start asking foreign students to join their study groups.
Meanwhile, in lovely Busan, prosecutors have indicted a bunch of English teachers for doing drugs and smoking pot. Or so reports Yonhap.
Eight people were indicted in total, including a 30-year-old American hagwon teacher identified as Mr. P suspected of—sit down for this—mailing himself 3.58g of pot on Feb 5.
Three Canadian gyopo hagwon teacher, including a 22-year-old Ms. Park, were indicted on suspicion of smuggling in 2.84g of ketamine and using it about 10 times at clubs in Seoul in Busan in April and May.
Another Busan university lecturer, a Mr. Kim (33), was indicted for regularly using ecstasy and pot he purchased while traveling overseas between October and April. As hard as it is to believe, he’s a Korean national, as are three others indicted for smoking pot, including a 25-year old Busan university student, Mr. Han.