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"Yaba" Threat Comes to Korea

Sept 11,1998
A tremendously harmful new drug 'yaba' was smuggled into Korea for the first time. The Seoul District Prosecutor's Office arrested two narcotic traffickers and arraigned one on suspicion of smuggling 200 grams of yaba on July 27. Prosecutors confiscated 145 grams of yaba and are making efforts to find the rest.
According to prosecutors, the traffickers were arrested on suspicion of buying 200 grams of yaba in a night club for 8,000 dollars (10 million won) on July 27 and smuggling it into Korea via Kimpo International Airport. Additionally, they were willing to sell 145 grams for 12,000 dollars (150 million won) on August 19.
Yaba, made by major drug supplier Kunsa, is highly hallucinogenic and is strongly addictive. Yaba was made of philopon, caffeine, codeine, and sugar. Pill-type yaba is so easy to take that it has already spread to Japan and Australia. A source at the prosecutor's office said, 'Yaba is very difficult to find because it is distributed as red or yellow colored pills.'
Yaba's hallucinogenic effect is so strong that once somebody takes yaba, he or she can go for three days without sleeping. Yaba is produced in the Kunsa region as powder and is manufactured into pills or capsules. Because smugglers inscribe the brand names of pharmaceutics companies on the surface of yaba, narcotic squads have difficulties in finding it.
Kunsa has apparently concentrated on the production of yaba because it is low cost and has a simple manufacturing procedure. The price also very cheap compared to other drugs including philopon and heroin.


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