Jackie Chan's son held in China for possession of drugs

Aug 18, 2014, 21:51 IST | Agencies

Jaycee Chan, son of Chinese martial arts star Jackie Chan, and two others have been detained on suspicion of taking drugs in Beijing

Beijing: Kung-fu superstar Jackie Chan's 32-year-old son has been arrested along with his Taiwanese friend here on drug-related charges, official Chinese media reported on Monday.

Jaycee Chan, a movie and television actor also known as Fang Zuming, was detained by Beijing police together with his friend, 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko Chen-tung, the Beijing News and Beijing Times newspapers reported.

Jackie Chan with his son Jaycee
Jackie Chan (R) poses with his son Jaycee. File Pic/AFP 

It's unclear when the duo was detained, but neither has posted anything on their frequently updated Weibo social media accounts since last Tuesday, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Chan tested positive for marijuana. Both of them admitted taking the drugs.

Police seized more than 100 grams of marijuana from Chan's home.

Another man known as Song, 33, was caught the following day for allegedly selling the drug to Chan. Police seized 11 grams of marijuana from him.

Ko Chen-tung, also known as Kai Ko, was also detained after testing positive for marijuana on August 14, Xinhua reported. 

Ko Chen-tung won the award for the best new actor at the 48th Golden Horse Awards in the Taiwanese city of Hsinchu in 2011 and the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards in 2013 for his role in the movie "You are the Apple of my Eye".

Beijing police has tightened its curb on drug deals this year. Since January, more than 1,700 drug crimes have been cracked, up 53.2 percent from the same period of last year.

Chan and Ko join a growing list of celebrities, including Hong Kong and Taiwanese actors, who have been nabbed in Beijing's widening campaign targeting celebrity drug abuse in the last two years.

The duo could face potential criminal charges, the Beijing News said. A Hong Kong resident, Jackie China in recent years has struck chord with the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). He has formally been appointed as the member of China's advisory legislative body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) last year. 

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