T.O.P Kicked Out of South Korean Police Force Over Drug Scandal

Choi Seung-hyun, better known by his stage name T.O.P, has been found unfit to continue his duty as a policeman due to his drug scandal.

According to the Chosun Ilbo, the disciplinary council will ask the army to assign him to another post so that he can fulfill his mandatory two-year service requirement.

In March of 2017, T.O.P reported for duty at the Gangnam Police Station. Within a few months, he was fingered by K-pop trainee Han Seo Hee as having vaped liquid marijuana — a crime with heavy consequences in South Korea.

T.O.P was brought in for a hair follicle test, which can detect marijuana usage from up to three years prior. He tested positive, and was then subsequently formally charged with using marijuana. T.O.P was later found unconscious in his home from a drug overdose.

After spending several days in the hospital, with his worried mother by his side, T.O.P woke up with no reported brain damage, as was previously feared.

He then went to trial for the charges and was slammed by netizens for wearing full makeup in court.

Ultimately, his initial two-year sentence was suspended, and, according to the Chosun Ilbo, he was only fined W12,000 ($10.70) on July 20.

T.O.P was originally scheduled to be discharged from the military in November 2018.

Feature Image via Instagram / choi_seung_hyun_tttop

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