Entertainers, university students and foreign English lecturers have been caught using drugs in public places, according to the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA) Wednesday.
The agency's drug squad said it was seeking arrest warrants for 12 people after booking 72 for using narcotics at clubs in Gangnam and Itaewon.
Following the booking of popular film star Joo Ji-hoon, 27, actress Yoon Seol-hee, 28, and model Ye Hak-yeong, 26, for drug use in April, police apprehended three more entertainers for taking drugs smuggled in from Japan.
"The entertainers are singers and actors", a police officer said. "The list includes an actor currently starring in a drama, but we cannot disclose any identities during an investigation".
They put ecstasy tablets in drinks and took them in groups of three or four in private rooms in clubs as well as in public, he said.
"Previously, drug users took the narcotics privately, but these people were rather bold about drug use ignoring it as a crime", the officer added.
An English teacher caught in the bust had smuggled 150 ecstasy tablets from Canada and sold them at clubs in Gangnam, while a bar worker sold 100 tablets smuggled from China, he said.
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