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Pacific edition, Thursday, August 16, 2007

SEOUL — A South Korean man was arrested on suspicion of selling U.S. military Meals, Ready to Eat on the Internet, police said Tuesday.

South Korean police said the 34-year-old man, identified as Park, was indicted for violating South Korea’s Food Sanitation Act.

Park obtained the military property through the black market in Dongducheon, just outside the U.S. Army’s Camp Casey, according to Gyeongnam police Lt. Lee Jae-gi.

Lee said police believe the food belonged to the 2nd Infantry Division.

Army officials were unable to comment on the case by late Tuesday.

Lee said Park paid about 27,000 won (about $30) per case. He said Park sold the MREs to outdoor enthusiasts for between 38,000 won ($42) and 60,000 won ($66) a case.

The lieutenant said police believed Park sold the goods between March and July.

Lee said Park is suspected of earning as much as $5,500 in the scam before being tracked by police who specialize in Internet crimes.

“We believe he has some connections in Dongducheon involved in a black-marketing ring,” said another policeman involved in the case.

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