South Korean Man Arrested for Manufacturing and Selling Methamphetamine

David Lee, Dec. 14, 2015, 10 a.m.

A man in his 40s who was working at a pharmaceutical company has been arrested for making and selling drugs. The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency announced that it had arrested Song (40) and Park (49) for making and selling meth. The accused even set up a facility in a small apartment to make the illegal substance. The police also confiscated the tools and ingredients, and 10 grams of meth.

Four other people including Kim (52) were booked without physical detention for providing Song with the ingredients to make meth. According to the police, Song was accused of making and selling 60 grams of meth at small apartment in Ansan, Gyeonggi Province from November 2014 to November 30, 2015. Considering that the typical dosage of meth is 0.03 grams per intake, the amount Song made could be used by 2,000 people at once.

Although there were 20 households occupying the building where Song was making meth, none of the residents were aware of the fact, as Song only worked late at night. Police officials explained that the building could have been in danger since a significant amount of heat is generated during the process of making meth, and explosive materials such as sulfuric acid and benzene are used.

Song, who graduated from a university in Seoul, and worked at a pharmaceutical company afterwards, found himself in debt and started to make drugs to try to improve his financial standing. He testified that he learned how to cook meth on the internet. Song made the drugs at night and worked at a trading company selling medication and health supplements he established using another individual’s name.

Kim, who used to work with Song at the pharmaceutical company, provided Song with 50,000 pills of pseudoephedrine, which is the main ingredient in meth. Song hid the drugs for sale in a fire hydrant cabinet, and purchasers would come to the building to get them. He avoided the police by advertising the drugs on overseas sites through Google, and used an illegal phone and bank account.

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