2 U.S. troopers given suspended jail phrases for smuggling hashish

SUWON, South Korea, Dec. 13 (Yonhap) – Two American soldiers have been sentenced to suspended sentences for smuggling cannabis from the United States into South Korea, a court said Monday.

One soldier was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison and 3 years probation for hiding two cannabis cartridges in his luggage and flying from Atlanta to Incheon International Airport in April, the Suwon District Court said.

The other soldier received the same sentence for buying four cannabis cartridges and other cannabis products from a foreign website in March and attempting to smuggle them through an international flight.

It turned out that the soldier had placed the same order for the drugs again the following month after his first attempt here was caught by customs.

“The gravity of the accused’s crimes is difficult to measure given the difficulty of combating drug trafficking and the negative impact that the proliferation of imported drugs can have on society,” the court said.

However, the court added that it was setting the verdicts after taking into account that the defendants smuggled the narcotics to help them sleep better and were non-for-profit for other personal reasons.