China police formally arrest Chan son in drug case

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JANUARY 21: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend commercial advertisement taping on January 21, 2009 in Shnaghai, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, famous action star Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 18: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jackie Chan attends Jackie Chan Action Movie Gala press conference at Crowne Plaza Hotel during the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 18, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan attends a premiere of his new film " Break up club " in Hong Kong Monday, June 14, 2010. Jaycee, Jackie Chan's son said he's overcome initial doubts about joining his father in show business, but he prefers making music over movies. Six years after making his debut, 27-year-old Jaycee Chan said he's starting to shed the baggage of his famous family name and finding his niche in the Chinese-language entertainment industry. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan and actress Fiona Sit react during a premiere of their new film " Break up club " in Hong Kong Monday, June 14, 2010. Jaycee, Jackie Chan's son said he's overcome initial doubts about joining his father in show business, but he prefers making music over movies. Six years after making his debut, 27-year-old Jaycee Chan said he's starting to shed the baggage of his famous family name and finding his niche in the Chinese-language entertainment industry. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong actors Jaycee Chan, left, and Francis Ng, right, pose on the red carpet prior to the opening ceremony of the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival at Shanghai Grand Theater Saturday June 13, 2009 in Shanghai. China. The festival will run until June 21 in China's financial capital. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
Hong Kong singers Joyce Cheng, left, and Jaycee Chan attend a fundraising drive in Hong Kong for the earthquake in China Saturday, May 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)
Hong Kong movie stars Nicholas Tse, left, and Jaycee Chan smile at the opening ceremony of the Hong Kong Film Festival in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
Hongh Kong actor Jaycee Chan appears at a party held at a boutique in Hong Kong Tuesday, Oct. 2004, to promote Cup Noodles by the Japanese Nissin Foods Company. ( AP Photo/Lo Sai Hung )
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY STEPHANIE WONG Jaycee Chan, son of international martial arts hero Jackie Chan, talks about his latest film, 'The Drummer' in Hong Kong, 28 September 2007. Jaycee may be trying to move out of the shadow of his Hollywood action star father Jackie, but as soon as he slumps into his chair, the resemblance is unmistakable. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Photo credit should read MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - JUNE 19: (CHINA OUT; PHOTOCOME OUT) Hong Kong star Jaycee Fong, son of action star Jackie Chan meets his fans at Southwest Jiaotong University on June 19, 2005 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY STEPHANIE WONG Jaycee Chan, son of international martial arts hero Jackie Chan, talks about his latest film, 'The Drummer' in Hong Kong, 28 September 2007. Jaycee may be trying to move out of the shadow of his Hollywood action star father Jackie, but as soon as he slumps into his chair, the resemblance is unmistakable. AFP PHOTO/MIKE CLARKE (Photo credit should read MIKE CLARKE/AFP/Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 17: (CHINA OUT) Jaycee Chan attends 'The Ideal City' press conference at Crowne Plaza Hotel Shanghai on Septermber 17, 2013 in Shnaghai, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, famous action star Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING,CHINA - NOVEMBER 5:Jaycee Chan attends press conference of film Love Speaks in Beijing,China on Tuesday November 5,2013.(Photo by TPG/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - DECEMBER 07: (CHINA OUT) Singer and actor Jaycee Chan attends the 2011 BTV-MTV Grand Ceremony at National Stadium on December 7, 2011 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 13: (CHINA OUT) Actor Jaycee Chan attends the opening ceremony of 12th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 13, 2009 in Shanghai, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 23: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend commerical event on October 23, 2009 in Hangzhou, China. Actor Jaycee Chan, famous action star Jackie Chan's son, was detained in Beijing together with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko on August 12 for drug use. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 15: (CHINA OUT) (L - R) Actress Huang Yi, actor Jaycee Chan and singer Karen Mok attend the Elle Style Awards 2011 at Shanghai World Expo Center on November 15, 2011 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend a press conference announcing a concert at the Bird's Nest Stadium on April 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. The concert will be called Desendents of the Dragon, it will star Jackie Chan and friends and will take place during China's three day May Day weekend. (Photo by Cao Ji/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - APRIL 1: (CHINA OUT) Jackie Chan and his son Jaycee Chan attend a press conference announcing a concert at the Bird's Nest Stadium on April 1, 2009 in Beijing, China. The concert will be called Desendents of the Dragon, it will star Jackie Chan and friends and will take place during China's three day May Day weekend. (Photo by Cao Ji/ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
NANJING, CHINA - JULY 18: (CHINA OUT) Actors Jaycee Chan, Wang Ruolin and Wu Jing attend a promotional for the movie 'The Invisible Target' on July 18, 2007 in Nanjing of Jiangsu Province, China. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
CHENGDU, CHINA - DECEMBER 25: (CHINA OUT) Hong Kong star Jaycee Fong the son of Kung fu Star Jackie Chan smiles during a promotion of his self-title album 'Jaycee' on December 25, 2004 in Chengdu, China. Jaycee stages his first Chengdu concert on Christmas Day. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan, son of action movie star Jackie Chan, poses during a photocall, prior to the presentation of Kenneth Bi's film "The Drummer", at the 60th International Film Festival Locarno, Thursday, Aug.9, 2007, in Locarno, Switzerland. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Martial Trezzini)
Hong Kong singer Jaycee Fong, the son of action star Jackie Chan, performs a song from his debut album at a Hong Kong press conference Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. Fong is reportedly the singer's old family name that his grandfather changed to the more common Chan. (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)
Hong Kong singers Joyce Cheng, left, and Jaycee Chan attend a fundraising drive in Hong Kong for the earthquake in China Saturday, May 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Lo Sai-hung)
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BEIJING (AP) - Police in Beijing have formally arrested the son of Hong Kong martial arts film star Jackie Chan on suspicion of allowing other people to consume drugs, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of three years' imprisonment, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Dongcheng District prosecutor's office said it had given approval for the formal arrest of actor Jaycee Chan following a request from police a week earlier. It made the announcement on its official Sina Weibo microblog.

Jaycee Chan, 31, became the highest profile celebrity to be ensnared in an anti-drug crackdown by Chinese authorities when he was detained on Aug. 14 along with Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai. Police said a few days later that both actors had tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100 grams of it were taken from Chan's home.

In China, police need official approval from prosecutors to formally arrest a suspect. During a period of formal arrest, police can continue to investigate. If they decide to criminally charge him, a trial would follow. The maximum sentence for allowing others to take drugs in a property, workplace or hotel is three years' imprisonment.

Ko, 23, was given a sentence of 14 days in administrative detention after he admitted using marijiuana.

On his release, he appeared at a news conference with his parents and agent and apologized for smoking the drug.

Jackie Chan, who was named an anti-drug ambassador in 2009 by Chinese authorities, has publicly apologized for his son's drug use and pledged to work with him on his recovery.

A series of 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.

Performing arts associations and theater companies in Beijing have pledged not to hire any actors connected with drugs, and national associations representing film actors, directors and producers have reportedly issued a notice saying members who repeatedly take drugs will be expelled and banned from making movies.

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