Jackie Chan's Son Formally Charged With Drug Offense

By McCarton Ackerman 12/23/14

Jaycee Chan faces a maximum of three years in prison for the charges against him.

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China’s state prosecutor confirmed that Jaycee Chan, son of actor Jackie Chan, has been charged with a drug offense, which almost guarantees that he will face trial.

Jaycee, 32, was arrested at his Beijing home last August along with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko. The Chinese media reported that he tested positive for marijuana and 100 grams of pot were confiscated from Jaycee's home. Investigators also charged him with using his home as a “shelter” for others to do drugs in.

He faces up to three years in prison if convicted on all charges, but it’s unlikely that he will face jail time due to his lack of criminal record and celebrity status within the country. He has become a movie star in both Hong Kong and China and has starred in several action flicks released in those countries.

Jackie offered a “deep bow of apology” for his son’s arrest shortly after it took place, declaring that he was “ashamed” and that he hoped Jaycee would learn from his mistake. The action star served as a goodwill spokesman in 2009 for the China National Anti-Drug Committee and has taken a firm stance against drug use throughout his career.

"There are more and more young people becoming involved with drugs these days...This is very bad. Not only will you harm yourself by taking drugs, you will also harm your family as well,” he said in February 2013. "Because of this, our country is very serious about the fight against drugs at the moment…the responsibility that I carry on my shoulders feels very heavy.”

China has made extensive attempts to crack down on drug use, but has also been targeting celebrities in the country. President Xi Jinping has banned movies and TV shows from featuring actors who use illegal substances. Government officials have claimed that the drug use of some Chinese celebrities creates a “detrimental influence on the development of young people” which has “corrupted the social atmosphere.” Forty performing arts organizations throughout Beijing have since signed agreements with municipal police to not hire any performers “involved with drugs.”

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.