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(LEAD) Singer Park Yoo-chun's hair drug test comes back positive

National 20:27 April 23, 2019

(ATTN: CHANGES headline, lead, to update Park's positive drug test results; UPDATES with details in fourth para)

SUWON, South Korea, April 23 (Yonhap) -- Police sought an arrest warrant for Park Yoo-chun, an actor and member of boy band JYJ, on Tuesday after a drug test on a sample of his hair came back positive, officials said.

The 33-year-old Park is suspected of taking methamphetamine with Hwang Ha-na, a granddaughter of the founder of a major dairy producer, earlier this year.

Hwang, 31, was arrested earlier this month on charges of buying methamphetamine and using the illegal substance in 2015. She reportedly told police that she was lured by Park into using drugs together.

Park has flatly denied the allegations and an earlier urine test was negative, but the National Forensic Service's drug test on his leg hair showed positive results, according to investigators.

Police earlier obtained CCTV footage showing Park picking up something about 20-30 minutes after probably sending money to a bank account suspected to belong to a drug dealer via an ATM in Seoul.

He told police he sent the money at the request of Hwang but claimed he did not use drugs.

Hwang was Park's fiance. The couple planned to get married in 2017 but broke up the following year.

A court hearing to review whether to arrest Park will be held as early as Wednesday.

Park Yoo-chun, an actor and member of boy band JYJ, shows up after undergoing a police investigation in Suwon, south of Seoul, on April 17, 2019, over his alleged drug use. (Yonhap)

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