10:02 pm - 09/02/2019

CJ's eldest son Lee Seon Ho caught smuggling drugs

The eldest son of CJ Group Lee Seon Ho (29) has been caught smuggling drugs.

According to the Incheon District Prosecutor's office Tuesday, they're investigating Lee on charges of violating the law on narcotics management.

According to prosecutors, Lee Seon Ho is suspected of hiding dozens of liquid marijuana cartridges in an aircraft from the US and then trying to smuggle them through Incheon International Airport the previous morning. A liver urine tested conducted on him tested positive for drugs. Customs authorities found out about Lee's smuggling during a routine search of inbound passengers and forwarded his case to prosecution.

Prosecutors revealed that the liquid marijuana cartridges Lee attempted to smuggle have the same strain of drugs as those found on 3rd generation chaebols from SK Group and Hyundai Group who were indicted and tried for drug charges.

The prosecution booked Lee without detention so he's been allowed to return home for now.

A prosecution official stated on the 3rd, "We are investigating Lee Seon Ho without detention under consideration of whether he had a criminal record, the type of drugs, and whether he acknowledges the charges. It's difficult to disclose details of the investigation including the schedule of any future investigations."

Lee Seon Ho (29) joined Cheil Jedang [CJ] as the head of its bio business team and is the eldest son of CJ Group Chairman Lee Jae-hyun (59).

His wife Lee Dae Hee, a former announcer, is also drawing attention from netizens.

Lee Seon Ho (left) with announcer wife Lee Dae Hee (right)

From wiki: CJ Corporation (Korean: 씨제이㈜) is a South Korean conglomerate holding company headquartered in Seoul. It comprises numerous businesses in various industries of food and food service, pharmaceutics and biotechnology, entertainment and media, home shopping and logistics.

Notable CJ subsidiaries include CJ Cheil Jedang (Food and Beverage), CJ Korea Express (Logistics), CJ Olive Networks (Health & Beauty Stores & IT), CJ ENM (Entertainment and Retail), and CJ CGV (Cinema Chain).

source: dailynaver, sbsnews, asia economy, wikipedia
kyokomurasaki 2nd-Sep-2019 08:37 pm (UTC)
Imagine being arrested for smuggling vape juice
mntsuklaa 2nd-Sep-2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
Why would a guy my age voluntarily wear glasses that make him look 5-10 older? Dude that's not a good look.

It's also not a good look to try to smuggle dozens of cartridges, like dude there's clearly so much stuff there that it looks like you're distributing and not just using it yourself.

Also also, hooray for nepotism.
sjtaazrz 3rd-Sep-2019 12:43 am (UTC)
Why would a guy my age voluntarily wear glasses that make him look 5-10 older? Dude that's not a good look.

Right? But he is the eldest son, so he probably wanted to look the part of a competent businessman for when he'd probably inherit the company or a portion of it (before now 👀)
mntsuklaa 3rd-Sep-2019 12:08 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that's the logic he was going for, however you can look like a competent businessman and also dress for your age. He is not doing the latter lmao.
aures 3rd-Sep-2019 11:35 am (UTC)
haha im thinking the same, we are the same age and i would NEVER wear glasses that make me look even older than i already am/feel lol
i mean there is NOTHING wrong with glasses, i mean it's amazing they exist and help so many people, but why these type when you can get away with a cute or fashionable pair? idgi
mntsuklaa 3rd-Sep-2019 12:04 pm (UTC)
A decent pair of glasses would make him look great! And he's from a rich family so he could definitely afford to go for a fashionable pair. But alas.
aures 3rd-Sep-2019 12:11 pm (UTC)
the worst part is that this pair were prob more expensive than at least 5 nice ones
juhli 2nd-Sep-2019 08:43 pm (UTC)
tzz,tzz,tzz, all thsoe chaebol sons are probably doing drugs together and celebrating their nepotism. What is a bio business team?
dantethetaco 2nd-Sep-2019 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing biotechnology or something of the sorts.
lizanka23 2nd-Sep-2019 09:07 pm (UTC)
I’m surprised they’re even getting arrested. I guess YG going down opened the floodgates. Also the contrast between the guy in the photo and chaebols in k-dramas, woof. All i can say to his wife is get money girl lmao
ashdevilrun23 2nd-Sep-2019 11:22 pm (UTC)
He’ll shell out money and be fine
premonitioner 2nd-Sep-2019 11:58 pm (UTC)
so three year probation, ya?
jasmineakaiumi 3rd-Sep-2019 02:21 am (UTC)
when med marijuana is legal there now, I don't see how the kids of such powerful families couldn't pull some strings and get pot that way????
petecarl 3rd-Sep-2019 05:50 am (UTC)
I think it's only CBD oil for medical purposes that's legal now.

ETA: here's an article that explains it. They didn't specify CBD only, but they did say nonhallucinatory amounts of cannabis, and specifically okayed some cannabis derived medications for the treatment of epilepsy and other serious diseases.

Edited at 2019-09-03 06:04 am (UTC)
jasmineakaiumi 4th-Sep-2019 01:11 am (UTC)
That makes sense! The article I read was on a cannabis related news source so it seems they super overhyped it haha either way big moves and as someone that works in the industry I'm glad Korea is going that direction!

but I still wonder if there really was no way they could bend the law with their power lmao I mean I guess the fact they got arrested for it means no...
kimbafierce 3rd-Sep-2019 02:15 pm (UTC)
and he couldn't pay someone to do the dirty for him? why so cheap?
daynr 3rd-Sep-2019 08:41 pm (UTC)
Korea has gotta get their medical prescriptions going.

I had a couple friends in town from abroad recently and they were discussing trying to fly back to Asia from California with goodies from a dispensary. I just kept being like 'not worth it, don't do it, not worth it, skip it.'
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