The number of cases of foreigners sneaking drugs into South Korea jumped 34 percent from a year ago with language instructors taking up the largest portion, customs data showed Tuesday.
The Incheon Airport Customs said it detected 284 instances of drug smuggling in the first 11 months of the year, with a total of 30 kilograms of narcotics confiscated.
Of the total, 63 cases were committed by foreign nationals, up 34 percent from the same period last year.
Between 2013 and November 2014, 116 foreigners were caught smuggling drugs into South Korea.
Of the foreign drug smugglers arrested in the January-November period of this year, English teachers were the largest at 23, followed by manual laborers at 12 and exchange students at 7. The rest were businessmen, soldiers, chefs and artists, the customs agency said.
By nationality, Americans took up the largest number at 49. China and Thailand were next with 14 and 10. Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan and others comprised the rest.
Source: Busan eFM News
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