Beijing, China (4E) – Martial arts legend Jackie Chan’s son, Jaycee Chan, 32, along with Taiwan actor Ko Chen-tung, have been detained since last week “on suspicion of accommodating suspected drug users,” according to China news wire Xinhua. However, both tested positive for marijuana and confessed to using the drug.
The arrests are part of a campaign by the Chinese authorities against illegal drug use crackdown that so far has netted several well-known Chinese celebrities.
Ironically in 2009, China appointed Jackie Chan as a goodwill ambassador for the country’s efforts against illegal drugs.
It is not known if Chan, who sits on the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body, will come to his son’s defense. It is known that often scions of the rich and powerful get special treatment.
One disillusioned netizen wrote, “Celebrities will be forgiven and released after being held in custody in 15 days, while ordinary people may be held in custody for months or even years.” Punishment for these types of cases could land the offender up to three years in prison.
According to the official Xinhua news agency, police found more than 100 grams of marijuana from Jaycee’s home. A statement by M’stones International, Jaycee’s management agency, apologized on his behalf: “We, along with Jaycee Chan, are willing to bear responsibility for the societal effects of this incident,” the statement said.
According to Beijing authorities, there have been over 1,700 drug-related cases since the beginning of the year (a 53.2 per cent increase) with over 7,800 people arrested for drug-related offences (a 71.9 per cent increase).