Date
20 September 2017
Jaycee Chan, shown in this file photo, will face drug charges in China after his formal arrest. He could be jailed up to three years if found guilty. Photo: NBC News
Jaycee Chan, shown in this file photo, will face drug charges in China after his formal arrest. He could be jailed up to three years if found guilty. Photo: NBC News

Jackie Chan son faces 3 years’ jail after formal drug arrest

The actor son of Hong Kong film star Jackie Chan faces up to three years in prison after he was formally arrested in China on drug-related charges, Shanghai Daily reported Thursday.

Jaycee Chan was taken into custody for allegedly allowing others to take drugs in his Beijing home, the report said citing prosecutors.

Chan,32, was detained with Taiwan movie star Kai Ko on Aug. 14 after a tip-off. Urine tests showed both had taken marijuana, and both confessed to having used the drug, police said.

Police seized more than 100 grams of marijuana at Chan’s home in the capital’s Dongcheng district.

Ko, 23, was released on Aug. 29 after 14 days’ administrative detention for taking drugs.

He told police it was Chan who introduced him to drugs and he first tried marijuana at Chan’s home in 2012, according to videos provided by police to China Central TV.

On the videos, Chan said he first tried marijuana in the Netherlands in 2006, where personal consumption is tolerated. In the years that followed, he frequently invited friends to his home to smoke the drug, the report said.

Jackie Chan, who was named by China as anti-drug ambassador in 2009, against said on Weibo that he felt ashamed and saddened over his son’s detention, and his wife was heartbroken.

“Jaycee and I together express our deep apology to society and the public,” he said.

“I say to Jaycee that you have to accept the consequences when you do something wrong. As your father, I’m going to face the road together with you.”

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