Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Movie Stars Booked for Drug Smuggling, Use

Two actors and an actress, including renowned movie icon Ju Ji-hun, 27, were booked for smuggling and taking illegal drugs Sunday.

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency drug squad also requested arrest warrants for actress Yun Seol-hee, 28, and model-turned-actor Ye Hak-young, 26, who smuggled drugs from Japan. Ju admitted to taking narcotics on a couple of occasions around March, police said.

Ju and another two people were booked without physical detention for taking the drugs. Debuting in the hit 2006 drama "Princess Hours,'' Ju recently starred in the movies "Antique'' and " The Naked Kitchen.''

They are accused of having smuggled some 280 ecstasy tablets and 280 grams of ketamine on 14 occasions from August 2007, funded by 100 million won ($75,000) from Ye and others. Yun allegedly bought the narcotics from an acquaintance in Japan and smuggled them into the company in her undergarments.

Ye gave 3.2 million won to Yun to purchase the drugs and consumed them at clubs and in their residences.

"It's the first time entertainers have funded and smuggled narcotics for their own use,'' a police official said."We're investigating and believe some 15 others have received drugs from Yun, and that seven or eight of them are entertainers.''

Yun has appeared in several movies, including " Tazza: The High Rollers,'' in supporting roles, and Ye is a model who has appeared in several music videos and commercials.

source: koreatimes.co.kr

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