The employees are suspected of bringing a total of 300 million won ($225,000) worth of liquid marijuana hidden in 50 cosmetic containers from Vietnam to Incheon International Airport in April, South Korean media said.
According to praythe two attendants are in their twenties and are now charged with violating South Korea’s narcotics control law.
MBC News said during the police investigation, the attendants denied the charges, saying they did not know they were carrying drugs and only delivered them after being ordered by an acquaintance to bring cosmetic products in South Korea.
They told South Korean police that it was customary for flight attendants to carry the goods in their hand luggage for delivery, and that the money they normally received for shopping was around 68,000 won per order.
Police said two other flight attendants are suspected of carrying drugs and have not boarded a Korea-bound flight since their colleagues were arrested.
They announced that they would continue to follow the two crew members and expand the investigation to determine if they were also involved in the case.
A representative of Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday that it had not yet received any announcement related to the case from Vietnamese or South Korean police.
The authority ordered all airlines to check the incident.
“Anyone who breaks the law will be severely punished and there will be no cover-up,” the representative said.
By Thursday afternoon, Bamboo Airways and Vietjet Air had confirmed their non-involvement in the case, while Vietnam Airlines said it was awaiting further verification.
In March, four Vietnam Airlines flight attendants were caught transporting 11.4 kg of ketamine and cocaine from Paris to Ho Chi Minh City.
A week later, they were allowed to leave detention after other suspects in the case were arrested.
Investigators said initial inquiries revealed that attendants were unaware that 157 of the 327 toothpaste tubes they transported to Vietnam contained drugs.