South Korean Police Detain 14-Year-Old High School Student for Using Cryptocurrency to Purchase Drugs Worth $300
A 14-year-old middle school student, A Yang, was found unconscious on the staircase of her apartment building in Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul on March 6th. After being rushed to the hospital, it was determined that A Yang had ingested 0.05 grams of Philopon, a powerful drug, causing her to collapse.
According to a report by Dong-a Ilbo on March 8th, A Yang had purchased the Philopon through a Telegram channel using cryptocurrency. She had stumbled upon the channel after searching for it on the internet. With the help of a “throwing” technique, A Yang was able to easily purchase the drug from the seller, who provided a link for the transaction. The throwing technique involves the seller hiding the drugs in a specific location and giving the buyer the instructions on where to find them.
A Yang had transferred 400,000 won ($300) worth of crypto currency to the seller and received 0.5 grams of Philopon, which is enough for about 10 doses. This was the first time A Yang had come into contact with drugs.
The police were alerted to the incident by A Yang’s mother, and A Yang was taken to the hospital for treatment. She was later charged with violating the Narcotics Control Act.
A spokesperson for the Seoul Dongdaemun Police Station stated that the throwing technique is becoming increasingly popular among drug dealers who use cryptocurrencies to carry out their transactions. The sellers hide the drugs in remote locations, making it difficult for law enforcement officials to track them down.
The police have launched an investigation into the matter and are planning to test A Yang’s urine and hair to see if she had taken any other drugs. They also plan to investigate the Telegram channel where A Yang made the purchase.
The police have warned the public against purchasing drugs online as it can have serious consequences. They also urge parents to monitor their children’s online activities and warn them about the dangers of drugs.
This incident serves as a warning for parents and teenagers alike to be vigilant and cautious when it comes to online transactions and the use of cryptocurrencies. It also highlights the need for law enforcement officials to crack down on the use of cryptocurrencies in the drug trade to prevent incidents like this from happening in the future.
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