Date
20 August 2017
Chinese authorities are reportedly using the arrest of Hong Kong actor Roy Cheung, famous for his gangster portrayals, for propaganda mileage in its anti-narcotics campaign. Photo: YouTube
Chinese authorities are reportedly using the arrest of Hong Kong actor Roy Cheung, famous for his gangster portrayals, for propaganda mileage in its anti-narcotics campaign. Photo: YouTube

Entertainment celebrities arrested in mainland anti-drugs drive

A Hong Kong actor and several other entertainment celebrities have been arrested and charged in China as police step up the campaign against illegal drugs and prostitution, Headline Daily reported on Friday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

Hong Kong actor Roy Cheung, 51, was prosecuted on July 2 after police found 1.15 grams of marijuana in his hotel room in Beijing. He admitted taking illegal drugs after he tested positive in a urine analysis. Police detained him for 20 days.

Cheung is famous for playing gangster roles in local movies. He has been in the entertainment industry for nearly 30 years, playing mostly the role of a villain in more than 80 films.

His case followed that of mainland singer Li Daimo, who was prosecuted and jailed for nine months for drug abuse, and that of dramatic actor Huang Haibo, who received a 15-day prison sentence and underwent rehabilitation for six months after he was arrested for hiring prostitutes.

Also caught in the anti-narcotics dragnet were screenwriter Ning Caishen and film director Zhang Yuan who admitted to drug abuse, the report said.

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