2NE1’s Park Bom has been spotted for the first time since her drug controversy began trending in Korea at the airport, heading to Japan. She is currently on tour with the rest of her group for “2014 2NE1 WORLD TOUR ~ALL OR NOTHING~”.Following the holes discovered from Yang Hyunsuk’s previous personal letter regarding the reason Bom needed the amphetamine drug, Dispatch has spoken to clear out all suspicions that came about with her case.
In light of the misunderstandings arising from Park Bom’s recent drug smuggling controversy, Dispatch released an interview held with her university doctor back in the U.S., her family, previous prosecutors, and more. Asking specific questions and gathering all the information necessary, Dispatch may have helped clear Park Bom’s name, as it becomes clear it was simply due to prescription use. This Q&A also helps explain why Park Bom’s case had been dropped compared to other cases.
Before the interview release, however, Dispatch stated, “They had doubts regarding even the process of Park Bom having purchased the drugs in the U.S.,” as well as, “It’s an event that happened four years ago. Back in October of 2010, 2NE1’s Park Bom had undergone a secret investigation from accusations of being a drug smuggler. And again in four years, her situation has arisen again. ‘Why did Park Bom’ ‘Why did the attorney,’ sort of questions are being repeated once more.
“‘A,’ who was at that time associated with the investigation, ‘B’ who is one of Park Bom’s acquaintances, ‘C’ a member of the IRS, ‘D,’ who was a warrant regarding narcotics, and more various sources have been interviewed. We have even called ‘E,’ a doctor of her previous university hospital.
“There were some things that Park Bom made a mistake of, and other things she was ignorant of. But through ‘Q&D,’ Question and Dispatch, we have found out more information from both Park Bom’s and the prosecutors’ sides.”
Here are the 21 Q’s and A’s that Dispatch has gathered from various sources:
Q1: Let’s start from Park Bom’s process of buying the drugs. First, why is it an amphetamine?
A: During her high school years, Park Bom had experienced a traumatic event. [As explained previously] Park Bom had directly witnessed the sudden death of her close friend. Since then, she had to receive treatment for her psychological pain. She failed to control her emotions. As she then received psychiatric consultation, drug medications were also combined in the process.
Q2: Then was amphetamine a medicine consumed while receiving psychiatric consultation?
A: Following the event, Park Bom had studiously received psychiatric consultation and psychological treatment. Around this time, she received a prescription for amphetamine. In the U.S. it is a legal drug. In any case, Park Bom had taken the prescription without awareness of issues.
Q3: During 2010, Park Bom was at a time of promoting [as a singer]. Didn’t she receive treatment in Korea?
A: Even in Korea, Park Bom continuously received psychiatric consultation. Evidently, she had also taken the prescribed drug in Korea. However, the medication was just right for her, just as Tylenol or Penzal fits just right for others.
Q4: So she had ordered amphetamine?
A: Park Bom’s mother had called the university hospital in the U.S. first. She had informed them that her daughter’s previous condition was returning. After calling the doctor from the American university hospital, her mother had requested from him a deputy prescription.
Q5: Then is Yang Hyunsuk’s previous statement of ‘What mother and grandmother would go get their daughter and granddaughter a narcotic?’ is false?
A: Yes. Park Bom’s own mother had called first. It’s a part of Yang Hyunsuk’s letter that was not consistent. How would she request for it, however, if she knew it was a drug? Inevitably, Park Bom had called as well. Since it was a hospital she had known and visited well, she explained her condition and requested the deputy prescription.
Q6: But isn’t amphetamine as a deputy prescription illegal?
A: As a general rule, that is not possible. Especially in the case of the first visit, it is something that cannot happen. Granted, if you happen to have a chronic disease, you could previously get the prescription. Besides, the head doctor took into account that Park Bom could not come to the U.S. Eventually, Park Bom had received the deputy prescription. As they could not make it to the U.S., Park Bom’s relative had purchased it.
Q7: Had Park Bom not known that importing amphetamine is illegal?
A: Park Bom had known that Korea did not provide it. However, she did not know why. She simply thought it was a problem with clearance. She had reasoned that if she couldn’t get it in Korea, she should just get it from the U.S.
Q8: So having it sent under her grandmother’s name was not from recognizing it as an illegal act? It was to hide her identity?
A: Regarding the change in address, it was to prepare for her absence. Park Bom rarely had any time to stay at home. Her mother had also frequented outdoors quite often. So, the two had it sent to Bom’s grandmother’s address. They had reasoned that since she stayed home consistently, the package wouldn’t be lost.
Q9: Now, let’s look at the process of investigation that the attorneys had undergone. How did the attorneys come to acknowledge Park Bom’s case?
A: On October 12, 2010, it had been uncovered through customs air mail that 82 pills of amphetamine had been sent to the Incheon Airport. Prosecutors had investigated Incheon Airport’s air mail. The sending address had been recognized as a house in Incheon, with its recipient being Park Bom’s grandmother.
Q10: The attorneys knew that it was drug smuggling. But why did they not summon investigators immediately?
A: Normally with situations regarding drug enforcement, they observe a short span of time beforehand. Or, it is to take time to identify how the drug came to be in the country. Through the brief time of delay, the import and manufacture, as well as transportation [of the material], could be investigated, as well as the specific buyers.
Q11: How did the attorneys progress with the incident since then?
A: The situation had been the same with Park Bom. After a week following the incident, prosecutors had taken action. First, they had visited the recipient address listed on the package of amphetamines in Incheon. Park Bom’s grandmother was still living there, but she had told them [once they arrived] that Park Bom and her mother had already taken the drug with them.
Q12: So did they search through Park Bom’s home in Seoul next?
A: They then headed to Seoul right away. They searched through the apartment that Park Bom and her mother had lived in near Apgujeong, Seoul. And they had found the evidence there. Since then, the attorneys fell into a ‘dilemma.’
Q13: We have heard that the attorneys have been greatly disappointed(?).
A: First, they had checked the amount of pills left. In total there were 78 pills still left. During one week she only ate three to four pills. If this incident were to become big, there would need to have been none remaining. With an intake of just three to four pills, it could only be seen as a prescription for medical reasons.
Q14: There’s a need to look at Korea’s laws regarding drugs.
A: Regarding the country’s laws for drugs, there are three situations in which they induce punishments.
When there’s a purpose to manufacture the drug, and the materials to make the drug are manufactured, imported, exported, or one manufactures, imports, or exports the drug with the goal to possess it someday. Using the raw materials that could make up the drug in marketing or referral marketing, or importing or exporting the materials for the sake of conserving them. Inducing the drug or drug dealing, or setting up the location, facilities, equipment, and funds to start the drug dealing. Q15: Then has it been concluded that Park Bom had no other goal to receive the drugs above medical needs?
A: Amphetamine is a treatment used for depression. From here, only applied strain would make the deputy prescription methamphetamine or phyllopon. Park Bom especially had taken three to four pills per week. It is an amount that cannot be a drug to even other civilians.
Q16: Nonetheless, it is the truth that Park Bom had imported an illegal drug to Korea.
A: That is acknowledgeable. So Park Bom had inevitably been investigated by attorneys. Park Bom’s mother had also received an investigation as a witness. Just the same, she had undergone all the investigations that the prosecutors had carried out. However, Park Bom was innocent. The remaining 78 pills were there as it was. There were no conditions of the drug being distributed in any way.
Q17: What did Park Bom clarify at the attorneys’ investigation?
A: Park Bom submitted her prescriptions and records that she’d received earlier from the U.S. and Korea. There were records from psychiatric consultation. She explained her intended purposes with receiving the treatment from various hospitals through her evidence.
Q18: Wouldn’t this be seen as booking a suspended sentence for the privileged?
A: The prosecutor’s statement remained that: “If the deputy prescription is not used for business or bad purposes, and if it’s legal and has prescription from other countries, the person will not be charged with punishments.”
Q19: Recently, didn’t a Samsung employee get jailed for a similar case?
A: Recently, a Samsung employee also committed the same deed, and if he had reasoned that it was for medical purposes, he could’ve gotten the same result as Park Bom. Unfortunately, he was charged for because he didn’t reveal it that they were for medical purposes, and instead just implied that, “I got it from a person I know.”
Q20: Are there those who have received a charge from committing a heroic deed regarding drugs?
A: This past June, the National Intelligence Service employee ‘C’ had been discovered to have charges brought from having had powdered roots of plants containing narcotic ingredients. At that time, ‘C’ had received narcotics containing ‘dimethyl tryptamine’ ingredients, as well as Brazilian ornamental plants containing ‘Mimosa’ roots powder.
However, the attorneys discovered that ‘C’’s son had been diagnosed with ADHD, and that, upon realizing that the mimosa roots powder had great effect, had ordered it himself. Thus, his charges regarding drug smuggling had been dropped. The fact that ‘C’ had not been aware of the included narcotics have also been taken into account.
Q21: Some argue that this is simply due to YG’s influence.
A: Might it have to do with Korea’s attorneys’ authority having a shaking foundation? According to an acquaintance associated with attorneys, even drug smuggling is a large event to them. Especially if a celebrity gets involved, they will investigate the artist with more seriousness and action since it’s seen as a ‘lucky draw.’ It will be a case that nobody will want to lose from their grip. Although fans may believe that YG is amazing regardless of the controversy, from the prosecutors’ perspective, it is a good situation if the case becomes fully resolved.What do you think of Dispatch’s thorough investigation?