Korean American K-Pop Singer Given Jail Sentence For Selling Marijuana

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 A South Korean court sentenced Korean American singer Daniel Chae of DMTN (formerly known as Dalmatian) for distributing and using marijuana, according to allkpop.com. The singer, who came to Korea at the age of 16 to pursue a career in the music industry, was sentenced to one year in jail and a fine of approximately $6,700.

The court stated today that Chae “acted as the intermediary in the selling of marijuana 12 times and sold marijuana four times.” The statement also said that despite previous denials, Chae tested positive for marijuana after a hair strand test.

Chae and his lawyer had asked for leniency earlier in the investigation. His lawyer argued that growing up in the U.S. gave Chae a “more relaxed attitude towards marijuana.” The court, however, responded by saying that acting as the intermediary, selling and smoking marijuana is still a crime, despite “weak recognition.”

Chae was indicted this past March, following the arrest of Bianca Mobley, a Korean American television personality. Reports suggested that Chae provided marijuana to Mobley and two others, including Cha No-ah, a professional gamer.

Mobley ended up fleeing the country after being indicted, and Cha was given a suspended sentence of six months in jail, with two years of probation.