Idol Cha Joo Hyuk faces multiple drug charges

Cha Joo Hyuk has been charged with possession and use of both ecstasy and marijuana.

Cha Joo Hyuk is an actor-turned idol who was originally part of Core Contents Media‘s unisex group COED School and was originally known as Kangho.

He left the group in 2011 and changed his stage name to Cha Joo Hyuk to pursue an acting career after being accused of raping a woman before he debuted.

Recently, the prosecution filed an indictment against Cha Joo Hyuk for purchasing and using drugs including ecstasy and marijuana. 

Cha Joo Hyuk in COED School.

According to them, Cha Joo Hyuk purchased a total of 28 grams of marijuana and 0.3 grams of ecstasy in April 2016, and had 3 marijuana plants transferred to his car sometime between April and August 2016.

Last year, it was revealed that Cha Joo Hyuk was caught smuggling ketamine at the Vancouver International Airport. He was also previously accused of purchasing 6 ecstasy tablets and 7 marijuana joints in Amsterdam, Netherlands in July 2016 and consuming ketamine in August 2016. Tests also confirmed that he had consumed ecstasy, marijuana, and ketamine.

South Korea’s marijuana laws are one of the strictest in the world, where any amount of narcotics in the body can warrant an arrest, regardless of where the drug was taken.

Source: Yonhap