Prosecutors: Foreign instructor arrested and charged with growing and smuggling marijuanaThe Gyeongin Ilbo also reported on this on Sunday and added a little more information about the 'greenhouse:'
Marijuana grown in a greenhouse, habitual smoking when staying overseas
A foreign instructor who imported and grew marijuana has been uncovered.
On the 22nd, Incheon District Prosecutors Office Violent Crime Section arrested and charged 20 year-old British English instructor A with breaking the Drug Control Law for secretly bringing into the country, smoking and growing marijuana.
From March this year until recently, A purchased 19 marijuana seeds from an American internet site and grew five plants in his house in Incheon.
A also purchased 5 grams of synthetic marijuana (JWH-250) from another US internet site and had it sent to him through international mail. The total amount he received the two times he did this totaled 6.52 grams, for which he has been charged with smuggling and smoking.
The prosecution's investigation also found that A used wood and an electric heater to make a greenhouse to grow marijuana in, and that when he visited Britain and Australia, he habitually smoked marijuana.
In the course of this investigation, the prosecution confirmed he was hired as a teacher without a concrete verification process for the language hagwon instructor qualification requirement and requested that the related education office strengthen its control over this.
As a result of the prosecutor's investigation it was found that M used wood, a heater, and a ventilator to build a heating cabinet 170cm high and 65 cm wide in which he grew marijuana.It's interesting to note that, though drug testing has been strengthened for foreign teachers, what with marijuana being added to the E2 drug tests last July and new tests were mandated in January, this is the first reported drug bust involving a foreign teacher in nine months. This is especially interesting because 'public perception' and media reports - not actual arrest statistics - were used to justify implementing the new E2 regulations in 2007 and also feature in Choi Young-hee's bills (such as in footnote 2 on page 6 of this file (clicking downloads a pdf file, also available here, under 검토보고서) ).
As for the prosecution requesting that the related education office strengthen its control over the hiring of hagwon instructors, it would seem justified in doing so. I mean, how did a twenty year-old - of any nationality - end up working in a hagwon?