Jackie Chan's Son Given Six-Month Jail Sentence on Drug Charge

By McCarton Ackerman 01/12/15

Jaycee Chan could have faced up to three years for possessing 100 grams of weed.

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Children of celebrities seem to get off easy all the time in the U.S. legal system, but that appears to not be the case in China. Jaycee Chan, son of Jackie Chan, will spend the next six months behind bars over a drug offense.

Jaycee, 32, pleaded guilty in a Beijing court to using his home for “sheltering others to use drugs.” He will also be fined 2,000 yuan ($312).

Police raided his home last August and found 100 grams of marijuana in the Beijing apartment. Jaycee later tested positive for the drug. He told the court that when police arrived at his door, "I just gave them information and I confessed because I didn't know how to deal with the marijuana."

Jaycee could have faced up to three years in prison, but the prosecutor cited his lack of criminal record and cooperation with police with receiving a lighter sentence. He urged the actor to “return to the right path” and “establish a healthy public image.” Jaycee later told the court he deserved his prison sentence.

“I committed a crime and deserve to be punished,” he said. “It doesn’t mean I have received mercy and forgiveness. I hope to earn them with my future actions.”

Jackie has not commented on the sentencing, but has expressed anger and disappointment with his son in previous interviews. He said last month that he “failed to discipline him…now the state is helping me discipline him and make him get rid of the bad habits."

He also offered a “deep bow of apology” for his son’s arrest shortly after it took place, declaring that he was “ashamed.” 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.

Fellow Taiwanese actor Kai Ko, 23, who was at the scene of the raid and also tested positive for marijuana, was given a 14-day administrative detention for drug use and then released.

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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.