A South Korean police investigation is being done on BTOB member Jung Illhoon, who is facing prosecution for cannabis use.
The K-pop star’s agency Cube Entertainment has confirmed that the rapper-songwriter is alleged to have bought cannabis from an acquaintance in a series of transactions. Marijuana is illegal in South Korea.
Police have recommend that Ilhoon be prosecuted. He is currently on hiatus from his role as a member of K-pop group BTOB while serving his mandatory military service.
According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said to Korean media this past Monday that the 26-year-old K-pop star had been referred for prosecution in July, with a recommendation that he be indicted for violating the country’s Narcotics Control Act.
Recreational drugs were made illegal in South Korea in the 1950s, and cannabis in particular in the 1970s. The Narcotics Control Act has been in force in the country since 2000.
Fans are asking for Illhoon to be removed from the BTOB group. “This is a deceptive treatment for the fans who have been supporting them since their debut in 2012, and for any reason, it is completely unacceptable,” the fans said and have strongly urged Cube Entertainment to remove him.