Jung Il-hoon, a former member of the K-pop boy group BTOB, was sentenced by a local court on Thursday to two years in prison for smoking marijuana, a banned substance in South Korea.
Jung, 27, was tried in April on charges of smoking 133 million won ($119,300) from an acquaintance 161 times before being arrested.
The Seoul Central District Court ordered Jung to pay 133 million won and be immediately detained for violating the Drug Control Law.
Along with Jung, seven accomplices convicted of drug crimes were sentenced to between 1/2 and 2 years in prison.
At an earlier court hearing, prosecutors sought four years in prison and a $133 million fine for Junga, who pleaded guilty and pleaded for mercy. Jung left BTOB after allegations of marijuana use surfaced late last month.
“The defendants used sophisticated criminal tactics to cover up their crimes, including communication via a dark website and cryptocurrency-based payments,” he said.
In particular, Jung and one of his partners, whose surname is Park, played the lead roles, saying that they committed the most crimes themselves and deserved punishment for using their usual hash. (Yonhap)
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News Credit@ The Korea Herald