Movie Star Booked on Drug Charges

      April 28, 2009 12:02

      Joo Ji-hoon

      The popular model and actor Joo Ji-hoon is among 15 people booked on drugs charges, police said Monday.

      Police also arrested an actress identified as Yoon on suspicion of supplying ecstasy to acquaintances and selling them in clubs, and are questioning her about allegations that she sold drugs to entertainers other than those already indicted.

      A Seoul Metropolitan Police spokesman said five of the 15 were acquaintances of Yoon's, while the rest allegedly obtained the drugs elsewhere. Police said more people could be indicted as the investigation expands.

      "Although it is relatively easy to get the drugs Yoon brought into Korea in clubs in Japan, it is shocking that an actress smuggled and distributed them herself," a police officer said.

      Meanwhile, the Korea Food and Drug Administration is discussing a ban on intravenous tranquilizer propofol and animal sedative xylazine, which are apparently enjoying growing popularity as recreational drugs among show business people. One insider says there are several entertainers who regularly inject propofol, and some are "seriously addicted." "They start using propofol to alleviate anxiety but for some it becomes a regular habit," the source said.

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