Korean American K-Pop Singer in Jail for Pot Charge Released on Appeal
Y. Peter Kang
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Posted: February 11th, 2014
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Daniel Chae, a singer for K-pop group DMTN, successfully appealed his one-year prison sentence for using and distributing marijuana, according to Sports Seoul.

The Seoul High Court judge gave him a three year suspended sentence with two years of probation. Chae will be required to do 120 hours of community service and 80 hours of substance abuse treatment and a fine of approximately $6,700.

When he first made his appeal last December, the 22-year-old singer asked for the court’s forgiveness saying, “I spent the last two months in a cold and scary place crying and thinking about my family. From now on, I will never break any laws and diligently live a life of faith. If you show me mercy, I will become a young man that is an asset to this country. Please forgive me.” Continue Reading »

South Korean Government Reiterates Worldwide Ban on Pot
Author: Steve Han
Posted: January 6th, 2014
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Over 100 retail marijuana vendors opened their doors in Colorado shortly after the new year as the state legalized sale for recreational purposes. However, the American state’s legalization of weed will not affect South Koreans’ prohibition of the drug, the government recently confirmed.

Under South Korea’s strict drug laws, anyone who uses marijuana, regardless of whether it was in the country or not, may be punished, according to TV network SBS. In South Korea, those who sell or use marijuana could face up to 30 years in prison.

“Marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but any South Korean tourist who consumes it there will face legal sanctions upon returning,” SBS reported. “Consuming, selling, possessing or brokering illegal drugs of any kind is banned in Korea.” Continue Reading »

Korean American K-Pop Singer Given Jail Sentence For Selling Marijuana
Author: James S. Kim
Posted: October 17th, 2013
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Photo via sportsseoul.com.

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 »

Korean American TV Personality Flees After Pot Bust
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: June 10th, 2013
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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 »

Korean American Couple Arrested in Huge Pot Bust
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: May 21st, 2013
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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 »

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