Police have launched a full-scale investigation into the alleged injection of the drug propofol into Hotel Shilla President Lee Boo-jin and formally booked the head of the hospital related to the drug injection.
Police plan to analyze the records of propofol medical treatment secured in the raid and review the summoning of President Lee.
On March 24, the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency booked without detention the head of A plastic surgery in Cheongdam-dong, southern Seoul, on charges of violating the Medical Law and the Act on the Management of Drugs. Police raided the hospital from 6:30 p.m. on March 23 to around 3 a.m. the following day.
The police had previously deployed police personnel to the A plastic surgery since Monday to demand voluntary submission of medical records and drug-deposit records, but they launched a search and seizure after the hospital refused to submit the data.
During the raid, the police reportedly secured related data, including the medical records and the drug-trafficking. Police said they were analyzing the data and finished investigating the source. After analyzing the data, the hospital's chief and the president will be summoned for questioning.
"Newstapa" reported a comment by a nurse's assistant that President Lee was injected propofol at the hospital from January to October 2016.
Propofol, a sleeping anesthetic, is a psychotropic drug designated as a drug in 2011. Regarding the report, Lee said, "Although I have been to the hospital for treatment of scarring and blepharoptosis surgery, I have never given any illegal medication."