Date
11 December 2017
Jaycee Chan, seen in this 2009 file picture, has been formally charged with  a drug offence four months after a police raid on his Beijing home. Photo: Reuters
Jaycee Chan, seen in this 2009 file picture, has been formally charged with a drug offence four months after a police raid on his Beijing home. Photo: Reuters

Jackie Chan son faces Beijing drug charges

Chinese prosecutors have charged the son of action star Jackie Chan with a drug offence.

Jaycee Chan, 32, is accused of inducing others to use drugs and sheltering them.

A police raid of his Beijing home in August yielded more than 100 grams of marijuana, according to BBC News.

If convicted, the younger Chan could face up to three years in jail, the report said, citing sources.

In June, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for “forceful measures” to tackle illegal drug use.

Several film and television stars, including directors and a prominent screenwriter, have been arrested.

In August Jackie Chan apologised over his son’s arrest, saying he felt “ashamed” and “sad”.

Jackie Chan was named an official anti-drug ambassador by the Chinese police in 2009.

Jaycee Chan and Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, 23, were both detained at his Beijing home in August, with police saying they tested positive for marijuana.

Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use,

But Jaycee Chan was put under “criminal detention” for the additional and more serious suspected crime of “providing a shelter for others to abuse drugs”, Beijing police said at the time.

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