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Jackie Chan's son detained in Beijing drug bust

Jackie Chan's Son Busted for Drugs

BEIJING (AP) - Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan's actor-son Jaycee Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China's biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.

Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were announced several days later.

Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan's home.

Jaycee Chan's management, M'Stones International, apologized to the public on his behalf for the "social impact" caused in a statement on their website. It said they would "supervise his rehabilitation and help him return to the right path."

Several celebrities have been detained on drug charges following a declaration in June by President Xi Jinping that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders would be severely punished. In Beijing alone, more than 7,800 people have been caught in the crackdown, police said.

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV aired footage of a police search of the younger Chan's home in Beijing in which he is depicted, his face pixelated, showing officers where he stashed bags of marijuana. Police said they acted on a tipoff from the public.

Chan is accused of accommodating drug users, an offense that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment - a far more serious charge than that of drug consumption. Two other people detained in the same case were accused of selling drugs while Ko is accused of drug consumption.

China named the elder Chan an anti-drug ambassador in 2009. Ko, the Taiwanese star, was part of an anti-drug campaign two years ago, CCTV reported, showing footage of the campaign in which he joins other celebrities in a chorus declaring: "I don't use drugs."

On Tuesday, Ko was shown on CCTV, his face pixelated, tearfully apologizing to his fans and family.

"I feel very regretful, very sorry to all the people who support me... I've been a very bad example, I've made a very big mistake," Ko said. In a statement online, his management company, Star Ritz Productions, said Ko had received a 14-day detention and also apologized to the public.

Ko, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung, became a sensation after his 2011 film "You Are the Apple of My Eye," a box-office hit in Taiwan. He won Best New Performer award for his role in the coming-of-age movie at the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan, considered the most prestigious in Chinese-language cinema.

He played the boyfriend of one of the protagonists in China-produced "Tiny Times 3.0," which appealed to young female audiences and knocked "Transformers 4" off the No. 1 spot as the most watched film after its release in the mainland last month.

Illegal drug use has ballooned in China in recent decades, after being virtually eradicated following the 1949 communist revolution. Narcotics began to reappear with the loosening of social controls in the late 1980s.

In more recent years, rising wealth and greater personal freedoms have been accompanied by a growing popularity of methamphetamines and the party drugs Ecstasy and ketamine. They are often bought on social media forums and consumed in nightclubs, leading to periodic police crackdowns.

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BRUCE August 19 2014 at 8:37 AM

China does not mess around...their laws are serious. I don't think they have the American way of "lets make a deal" and "bargain" for an easy sentence. When they hand down a death sentence...it's tomorrow. Although Jackie has lots of money to buy his way out...he has brought shame to the Chinese people and they just might not be to happy about that. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

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lakers84 BRUCE August 19 2014 at 12:08 PM

shame for smoking weed? a natural plant....are you serious? LMFAO at you!! :P

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BRUCE BRUCE August 19 2014 at 1:22 PM

Moron...understand comments before making a fool of yourself....he brought shame by promoting himself as being against drugs and then getting caught with them. Perhaps you should put the joint out so you can have somewhat of an understanding of what you reading. LMFAO at YOU!! :P

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gapgymboree2 August 19 2014 at 10:28 AM

Jackie Chan is racist B**** so i give a F**** about him and hes rich spoiled drug dealer son

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rudimario August 19 2014 at 12:32 AM

What does that amount to......8....10 years in a Chinese Re-education facility. Since Mr. Chan is wealthier than wealthy....well, you know how that goes?

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jermywonka rudimario August 19 2014 at 2:41 AM

It's a Ironic joke as elder Chan is the anti-drug ambassador,Chan ****** a lot of girls and people call him "Intercourse Dragon"

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jttw August 19 2014 at 10:42 AM

people put tooo much infuses on hollour own.. Hollywood people. Kardashians etc.. Get a life and focous on your own! Hollywood is garbage controled and in the pocket of goverment. "Hollywhores "
bunch of messed up drug attics.. ..get over them already!

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Jerry August 19 2014 at 11:35 AM

"I made a big mistake". I got caught.
I think the average person knows China doesn't mess around with drugs and corruption. China is the world's leader in capital punishment, executing "thousands" every year, according to Amnesty International's best guess of the officially secret statistic. A U.S.-based NGO estimates 4,000 executions in 2011 alone, which is actually half of their projected 8,000 in 2007

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brenhatestwinkie August 19 2014 at 11:52 AM

Damn fool, i hope p[ops beats your ass

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Pllc15 August 19 2014 at 1:13 PM

China , at least by the government, has unpleasant recollections from their historical experiences with drugs that were responsible for the downfall of their governments from the Opium Wars of the 1830 and 1860's when England illicitly traded durgs for goods when there was a shortage of silver on account of China's only recognized medium of exchange for buying their goods then. Pretty dumb and daring by these two young men nevertheless. .

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