US Soldiers Investigated for Smuggling Synthetic Marijuana in South Korea


Updated: 1:22 AM, Fri September 22, 2023

US Soldiers Under Investigation for Smuggling Synthetic Marijuana into South Korea

Seoul – South Korean authorities are currently investigating a group of 17 US soldiers and five others over allegations of smuggling and using synthetic marijuana through military mail. The investigation was triggered by a tip from the US Army’s enforcement arm, leading to joint raids by South Korean police and the US Army’s Criminal Investigation Division on at least two US army bases in May, including Camp Humphreys, the largest overseas base.

This investigation, one of the largest involving American soldiers in recent years, has resulted in the arrest of a Filipino and a South Korean, with the cases against all 22 suspects currently under review by prosecutors. According to senior detective Cha Min-seok from South Korean police, authorities discovered 77g (2.7oz) of synthetic cannabis, over 4kg of mixed liquids used for vaping, and a total of $12,850 (£10,440) in cash during the raids conducted on the suspects’ homes.

The 22 individuals are accused of smuggling synthetic marijuana, commonly known as K2 and Spice, into South Korea by taking advantage of the US military’s postal service. Out of the suspects, seven, including five soldiers, are believed to have been involved in the sale of the drugs. Additionally, 12 suspects were users themselves, while three acted as middlemen. Shockingly, the police have revealed that even a soldier’s spouse and another soldier’s fiancée were implicated in the case.

The 17 soldiers currently stationed at Camp Humphreys, located around 48km (30 miles) south of Seoul, and at Camp Casey, an army outpost approximately 40km north of the capital, are at the center of this investigation. The South Korean police have been working closely with US Army officials to thoroughly examine the evidence and determine the extent of the involvement of each suspect.

Synthetic marijuana has become a growing concern across the globe due to its dangerous effects and potential health risks. Often marketed as a legal alternative to cannabis, it is frequently mixed with chemicals that can cause severe hallucinations, seizures, and even fatalities. Authorities in South Korea are thereby taking this investigation seriously to prevent the smuggling and distribution of these harmful substances within their borders.

As the investigation continues, it is hoped that the collaboration between South Korea and the US Army will bring clarity to the situation and ensure appropriate actions are taken against those involved. The probes into this case highlight the importance of international cooperation in combating drug-related crimes and protecting public health.

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