Prosecution Requests 5-Year Prison Sentence For Chef Lee Chan Oh’s Drug Charges

Lee Chan Oh may receive five years of prison for his drug charges.

On July 6, the Seoul Central District Court held a trial regarding celebrity chef Lee Chan Oh’s violation of the Narcotics Control Act. During the trial, the prosecution requested a sentence of five years in prison.

Lee Chan Oh stated, “Because of a wrong decision made in the moment, I have gone very far. I will never go near drugs from now on, and will work hard to contribute to society.”

Through his lawyer, the chef maintained his original stance and admitted to possessing and smoking hashish, but strongly denied the charges of smuggling drugs into Korea. According to the defense, they never knew an acquaintance had sent hashish from the Netherlands to Lee Chan Oh until it came up during the investigation.

Lee Chan Oh stated that after his divorce with Kim Sae Rom, he suffered from depression. He reportedly admitted the mother of an acquaintance who knew this suggested hashish to him while he was in the Netherlands. However, he has argued that there is no evidence that the acquaintance had sent him hashish when he was in Korea.

The sentencing will take place on July 24.

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