Thursday, October 06, 2011

G-Dragon member avoids marijuana smoking charges

During a recent interrogation, the singer whose real name is Kwon Ji-yong admitted to having smoked marijuana at a club in Japan in May while he was on a performance trip, according to the prosecutors.

The prosecution's test of Kwon's hair in July verified his use of the banned drug, the prosecutors added.

"I smoked a cigarette, which a random Japanese guy gave to me in a Japanese club. I suspected it to be marijuana since it smelled different, but I smoked it anyway," G-Dragon was quoted by the prosecutors as saying during the interrogation.

Given that the singer inhaled just a small amount and prosecutors detected only a meager level of marijuana components in the singer's body, the prosecution did not indict him, they said.

G-Dragon's expression of remorse and confession also helped him avoid an indictment that would lead to a court trial, the prosecution noted. Under South Korean law, marijuana users can be sentenced to a maximum of five years in jail or fined up to 50 million won ($42,000).

Korea Times


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