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Gyopos Busted: Weed Grow House in Seoul

Here is an article on the drug bust directly from a Korean news source with some more information (my thoughts after):

From the Korea Times 
By Kim Rahn

Police arrested two college students Thursday for growing cannabis at home to sell to foreign students and use themselves.

The students, including 23-year-old Seo, allegedly grew cannabis at their houses since July last year after bringing in seeds from the United States.

Studying in a Seoul university, they sold about 300 grams of marijuana (cannabis) to foreign students and Korean-Americans until recently. They earned 45 million won ($42,600), selling 1 gram of marijuana for 150,000 won, and the “customers” smoked the drug even on campus, according to police.

They learned how to cultivate cannabis through the Internet and had facilities at their homes such as cultivation trays, heaters, lighting, ventilating fans, fertilizer and nutrients.

Police booked 23 people without physical detention on suspicions of purchasing and smoking marijuana from them.

Police also arrested a 26-year-old woman, surnamed Jeong, for selling drugs here after smuggling them here via international post.

Jeong is suspected of having smuggled 7 grams of methamphetamine and 244 grams of marijuana from a dealer in the U.S. since January by hiding them in children’s clay products. She sold the drugs to foreign students here.

“It seems people from countries where marijuana smoking is relatively common compared to Korea commit drug-related crimes without a sense of guilt. People can learn marijuana cultivation methods easily from the Internet, and we need measures to prevent it,” a police officer said.


Random Dan-Whenever a foreigner is busted in Korea, it seems to make headline news.  There could be many reasons for this.  Maybe it’s xenophobia, maybe it’s to scare people about foreigners, maybe it’s to make Koreans feel better about themselves as the superior race…who knows.  But having weed in Korea seems to be a bigger deal than say rape and murder.

This weed bust would have looked a lot worse for us foreigners if the guys busted were not Asian.  Luckily, they were gyopos (any people of ethnic Korean ancestry who live outside Korea).

Either way, getting involved with any kind of drug in Korea is dumb as hell.  It’s not worth the risk and penalties.

The sad thing is, I think weed is exactly what this country needs.  The excessive alcohol abuse/binging is like nothing I’ve seen.  Koreans are overworked, undersexed, and depression (high rates of suicide) seems like a common trait here.  These Korean traits are something I will write about soon.

I’m interested to see the charge these two guys get for the drug bust.  Hopefully it will be in the news.

*On a side note I posted some stuff I did when Arnold got busted cheating on his wife.  There’s a lot of data to go through and need some time to get it all together but I put the summary of the whole thing I did here.*

(Korean girl smoking weed)


Obama smoked, and yes, he inhaled.

Categories: Crime, Culture, Korea, Politics
  1. Andy
    October 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    “This weed bust would have looked a lot worse for us foreigners if the guys busted were not Asian.”

    So “us foreigners” don’t look Asian? I think you mean “us white ass English teachers”. And yes I am also a white ass English teacher.

    • Random Dan
      November 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm

      Read the next line.

      “Luckily, they were gyopos (any people of ethnic Korean ancestry who live outside Korea).”

      By the ‘us foreigners’ statement I was talking about how Korea publicizes any type of crime a foreigner does. While their country is usually doing the same type of crime at a higher rate than the foreigners in their country.

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