Korean star Yooh Ah-in has tested positive for propofol and another drug banned in South Korea.
The multi-awarded actor began undergoing investigations following a report from the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency about his alleged use of propofol for non-medical purposes, which violates the country's Narcotics Control Act. He was reported to be using the drug, intended to be used for surgeries, since 2021.
His results came after the police sent his hair and urine samples to the Korea National Forensic Services for tests.
According to MBC Newsdesk, the hair tested positive for propofol and another undisclosed drug, while the urine tested positive for marijuana. Results of his urine test were released earlier on Feb. 10.
"There were three types of drug ingredients detected through the actor's hair that was tested through the National Institute of Scientific Investigation. There was another type of drug that was detected in addition to propofol, which the actor was suspected of first and marijuana," the station reported.
As part of the investigation, police searched clinics and hospitals around Gangnam and Yongsan districts, which are suspected to be providing propofol to the 37-year-old actor. In addition, Yooh Ah-in is banned from traveling overseas while the investigation is still ongoing.
Under South Korea's Narcotics Control Act, users of illegal drugs can face up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to ₩100million (P4.2 million).
Yooh Ah-in made his acting in 2004 through the TV series Sharp. He is best known for starring in movies including Seoul Vibe (2022), #Alive (2020), Default (2018), and Veteran (2015) and has won awards from multiple prestigious award-giving bodies.