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Former K-pop star arrested for smuggling ketamine in Canada

Cha Joo Hyuk, formally of the band Co-Ed School, was caught with the party drug at Vancouver airport

A former K-pop singer was arrested after he allegedly attempted to smuggle ketamine into Vancouver, Canada. Cha Joo Hyuk is an actor who was a previous member of K-pop group Co-Ed School.

Also known under his stage name Kangho, he was arrested alongside 13 others in the Vancouver airport.

As reported by, police said in a statement yesterday (November 24): “Cha Joo Hyuk is admitting to most of the charges. After results from the National Forensic Service, he cannot deny a crime was committed.”

Soompi reports that the actor was caught in August, but details are only recently coming to light. Ketamine was found in his luggage, and tests also saw him testing positive for marijuana, ecstasy, and ketamine, with more drugs found in his car.

Cha Joo Hyuk was part of Co-Ed School, a K-pop band who made it big in 2010 and are best known for their track “Bbiribbom Bbaeribom”. He was accused of rape the same year by a blogger, who claimed he had sexually assaulted her before he joined the band. He also met scandal and criticism when he was seen drinking and entering an “adult entertainment facility” while still underage. He left the group in 2011 and began acting, and also joined the military in 2013.