Six in­dicted for smug­gling drugs in teddy bear, other ob­jects

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Lee Hyo-jin lhj@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Six peo­ple, in­clud­ing three Malaysian na­tion­als, were in­dicted Tues­day for smug­gling drugs into the coun­try in­side var­i­ous ob­jects through in­ter­na­tional mail, ac­cord­ing to Dae­jeon District Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice.

The Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice an­nounced three smug­gling cases, each us­ing dif­fer­ent ob­jects — a paint­brush bucket, cof­fee bags and teddy bears — to sneak in drugs from over­seas.

A sus­pect in his 50s smug­gled 2,003 grams of metham­phetamine, known as philo­pon in Korea, from Cam­bo­dia in May. The drugs were hid­den in a paint­brush bucket. It was the largest drug seizure by the Dae­jeon High Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice in its his­tory.

A Malaysian na­tional in his 20s, with two ac­com­plices, il­le­gally brought in 287.2 grams of metham­phetamine through ex­press cargo in June. They used cof­fee bags to hide the drugs.

The same month, two other sus­pects were caught try­ing to smug­gle in 432.89 grams of mar­i­juana from the United States. The au­thor­i­ties found the drugs stuffed in­side a teddy bear.

Dae­jeon District Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice stated that the per­pe­tra­tors in all three cases were caught through close co­op­er­a­tion with the cus­toms au­thor­ity at In­cheon In­ter­na­tional Air­port. The sus­pects were in­dicted ac­cord­ingly on drug charges and an ad­di­tional law on pun­ish­ment for spe­cific crimes.

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Six peo­ple were in­dicted for smug­gling drugs through var­i­ous ob­jects such as teddy bears, ac­cord­ing to Dae­jeon District Pros­e­cu­tors’ Of­fice, Thurs­day.

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