CJ Group Heir Gets Suspended Sentence for Smuggling Marijuana

Jay Yim, Oct. 25, 2019, 9:23 a.m.


Lee Sun-ho, the heir to the food and entertainment giant CJ Group, has been released from detention after receiving a suspended sentence for trying to smuggle marijuana into Korea.

The Incheon District Court on Thursday gave Lee a two-year suspended sentence and fined him W27,000 for using the drug nine times (US$1=W1,174). It also confiscated all the drugs he attempted to smuggle.

The court said, "Smuggling of marijuana is a serious felony because narcotics, including marijuana, can have harmful effects on society. It can spread drug use and cause additional crimes. But he had no previous criminal record and regretted his wrongdoing, while the drugs he possessed were all confiscated before being circulated."

The court advised him to keep his pledge not to repeat the mistake and to behave himself. Prosecutors had demanded a five-year prison term for Lee.

Lee was caught at Incheon International Airport in possession of 20 liquid marijuana cartridges, 37 marijuana candies and 130 marijuana jellies on his return from Los Angeles on Sept. 1. He admitted the charges under questioning and was indicted without detention. But he turned himself in to prosecutors three days later amid a public outcry over possible unfair treatment for the wealthy and asked to be put in reprimand prison.

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