Jackie Chan’s son arrested in China on drugs charge

2014-08-19 11:00

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Beijing – The son of Hong Kong kung fu movie star Jackie Chan has been arrested in Beijing for drug use, the latest celebrity ensnared in a nationwide crackdown on narcotics.

Actor and singer Jaycee Chan (32) tested positive for dagga yesterday, state media reported, and police found 100 grams of the drug at his home.

Police also arrested Taiwan movie star Ko Chen-tung after a drug test found he used dagga, Xinhua news agency said.

Chan and Ko were arrested in central Beijing after police received a tip-off from residents, the state-backed Global Times reported.

The use of drugs in China, particularly synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy, has grown along with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income.

Jackie Chan’s management company, M’Stones International Corp, issued a statement on behalf of Jaycee saying it was standing by him.

Drug-related crimes carry harsh penalties in China including death or life imprisonment in serious cases.

Action and comedy star Jackie Chan (60) served as a goodwill spokesperson for the China National Anti-Drug Committee in 2009, state media reported. In that role he promoted anti-drug education.

China has detained more than 7 800 suspects on drug-related charges this year, up 72% from a year earlier, Xinhua reported.

Last week, a group of 42 entertainment management firms said they had signed a deal with Beijing police that they would not work with celebrities who used drugs, the state-owned Beijing News reported.

China has detained a string of other mostly B-list celebrities in recent months on drug-related charges, cases that have been publicised widely in both state and social media.

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