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Thai man gets jail term for using, trafficking 'madness drug'

All Headlines 16:11 February 07, 2018

SEONGNAM, South Korea, Feb. 7 (Yonhap) -- A South Korean court sentenced a Thai man to three years and six months in prison on Wednesday for using and distributing an illegal stimulant drug after smuggling it in from Thailand.

The Seongnam branch of the Suwon District Court also ordered the man, 38, to pay a fine of 73.90 million won (around US$68,110) for using the yaba drug, which is popular in Thailand and other Asian countries. Yaba, also known as "the madness drug," is a combination of a number of stimulants.

According to the ruling, the man brought 2,520 tablets of yaba, worth 100 million won, from Thailand in June last year via an international express cargo service before distributing them in South Korea. When he smuggled them into the country, he had the tablets stuffed inside gutted fishes.

Noting that the man imported a large amount of the drug for the purpose of trafficking them, and that many of them have been sold, Presiding Judge Hong Soon-wook said, "He deserves a severe punishment. But a lighter sentence was given as the court took into consideration that he had not appeared to take the lead in importing them and the profit obtained by him from the import was not much."

The court also sentenced two other Thais to six-month jail terms, suspended for one year, for using yaba after purchasing it from the man.

Thai man gets jail term for using, trafficking 'madness drug'0

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