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A South Korean court sentenced Korean American singer Daniel Chae of DMTN (formerly known as Dalmatian) for distributing and using marijuana, according to allkpop.com. The singer, who came to Korea at the age of 16 to pursue a career in the music industry, was sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of approximately $6,700.
The court stated today that Chae “acted as the intermediary in the selling of marijuana 12 times and sold marijuana four times.” The statement also said that despite previous denials, Chae tested positive for marijuana after a hair strand test.
Chae and his lawyer had asked for leniency earlier in the investigation. His lawyer argued that growing up in the U.S. gave Chae a “more relaxed attitude towards marijuana.” The court, however, responded by saying that acting as the intermediary, selling and smoking marijuana is still a crime, despite “weak recognition.” Continue Reading »
South Korean authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Korean American TV personality who apparently fled the country after being charged in connection with an ongoing marijuana case involving several celebrities.
Bianca Mobley, a biracial Korean American who made a name for herself on the since-canceled Global Talk Show: Chat with Beauties was indicted on March 28 for smoking pot which was allegedly sold to her by fellow Korean American Daniel Chae, a member of K-pop group DMTN.
Court officials said Mobley left South Korea on April 8 and missed three subsequent court appearances. Continue Reading »
A Korean American couple in Southern California was arrested after police stumbled upon a marijuana growing operation worth an estimated $1 million.
Cops were responding to a tip about a burglary in the tony coastal suburb of Rancho Palos Verdes, an affluent community that doesn’t see a lot of crime.
They didn’t catch the burglar but discovered a large-scale indoor marijuana farm operated by Tom Kim, 37, and his common-law wife Molly Hwang, 45. Continue Reading »
Daniel Chae of DMTN, a six-person boy band from South Korea formerly known as Dalmatian, has been indicted for marijuana possession and distribution.
The singer’s arrest follows the March 13 arrest of Korean American minor television starlet, Bianca Mobley. Initial reports suggest that Chae provided Mobley and two others with marijuana, according to allkpop. Mobley was previously a recognizable regular on the popular program, “Global Talk Show.”
Chae allegedly received marijuana from an English teacher, referred to by authorities as “D,” as many as 15 times. He would then distribute the drugs to Mobley and two other friends, including professional gamer Cha No-ah, the son of actor and model Cha Seung-won, and a celebrity makeup artist. Cha No-ah has been arrested and charged, Kotaku reports. Continue Reading »
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A Korean American man was arrested by police in Canton, Mass. last Friday, for trafficking 252 pounds of marijuana, according to news reports.
A shipping clerk in Canton, located in the Greater Boston area, opened a “suspicious package and uncovered what police called a multistate drug distribution scheme,” the Boston Herald reports.