China News Network, September 9 Comprehensive foreign media reported that recently, South Korean police searched Humphrey Barracks, the largest overseas military base of the US military in Seoul, and the US Casey Barracks, and arrested 21 US soldiers, who were accused of smuggling or trading drugs.
The Pyeongtaek Police Department in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea, reportedly arrested 22 suspects on charges of "violating the Drug Control Act." Among them, 17 U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea were arrested by police on suspicion of involvement in the purchase and sale of prohibited items, and handed over to prosecutors without detention.
The other five arrested suspects include four South Koreans and one Filipino. Among them, a South Korean woman and a Filipino woman were arrested on drug trafficking charges and transferred to the prosecution for prosecution.
In particular, a 24-year-old U.S. soldier in South Korea was arrested on charges of smuggling drugs from the United States. The police said on the 20th that the suspect smuggled drugs from the United States through military mail and used, sold or distributed these prohibited substances in South Korea.
Police said the soldier smuggled 350 milliliters of illegally imported synthetic marijuana from the United States into South Korea through abuse of the army's mail system, and smoked, sold or distributed it to U.S. soldiers stationed in South Korea with other people involved.
Police noted that the 22 people involved in the case are suspected of smuggling, distributing, buying and smoking synthetic marijuana between February and May 2022.
The report also said that the case is already "another embarrassing incident" that has occurred in the US military in South Korea recently, and two months ago, a US military soldier stationed in South Korea broke into North Korea without permission, causing controversy.
It is unclear what will happen to the 17 U.S. soldiers involved. Police said they would work with the FBI to prevent a repeat of the crime of misusing military mail to smuggle drugs.