Mar 20, 2007

Foreign teacher held on drug charges

March 20, 2007 Joonang Ilbo

A 24-year-old Canadian English teacher has been detained on charges of smoking hashish, the Seoul Central Prosecutors’ Office said yesterday. Four Canadians and one Australian who teach or had taught at private academies in Seoul and Gyeonggi province have also been investigated on the same charge but were not detained, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, the Canadian man, who teaches English at a private academy in Seongnam, Gyeonggi province, allegedly smoked hashish in his studio apartment in Bundang-district on the southern outskirts of Seoul on Jan. 5 with three of the suspects. The man is suspected of buying 3.6 grams of hashish from an unidentified foreigner at a bar in Itaewon, central Seoul, on Jan. 1 for 200,000 won ($211) and selling 1.6 grams of the drug to a 26-year-old Canadian English teacher, one of the suspects under investigation.

The man admitted to police that he also smoked hashish in bars near Hongik University in Mapo, western Seoul; in Itaewon; and at a motel near Daecheon beach in Daecheon, South Chungcheong province, prosecutors said.

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