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Police to seek arrest warrant for Hyundai family member over drug allegations

National 10:51 April 22, 2019

INCHEON, April 22 (Yonhap) -- Police said Monday they are planning to ask a court to issue an arrest warrant for a grandson of the late Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung on charges of using illegal drugs.

The 28-year-old, who is the eldest son of Chung Mong-il, the eighth son of the Hyundai founder and CEO of Hyundai M Partners Co., was detained the previous day upon his arrival at Incheon airport, west of Seoul.

The junior Chung is suspected of illegally using a liquid variety of marijuana on three occasions at his home in Seoul last year after purchasing the outlawed substance from a 27-year-old drug dealer, only identified by his surname Lee.

According to police, Chung admitted to the allegations.

Investigators said a woman had been with Chung when he used the drug, but he identified the woman as an acquaintance and was quoted as saying she did not use it.

Chung is also suspected to have smoked marijuana with another chaebol family member, the arrested 31-year-old grandson of the late founder of SK Group.

Chung had left for Britain one week before the drug seller, Lee, was arrested in February for suspected drug use.

Investigating authorities has confirmed circumstances that Lee sold the substance to Chung, who met Lee while studying abroad.

Chung, who has been staying abroad since February, had said via his lawyer that he intended to return home soon to undergo police questioning over the allegations.

Chung serves as a managing director at his father's company. His 27-year-old sister also was fined 3 million won (US$2,633) for using marijuana.

A grandson of Hyundai Group founder Chung Ju-yung (C) is taken to the Incheon Metropolitan Police Agency in Incheon, west of Seoul, on April 21, 2019, after being arrested for suspected illegal drug use upon arriving at Incheon airport. (Yonhap)


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