Yin Xiangjie Latest Chinese Celebrity To Be Busted For Drugs

By McCarton Ackerman 01/02/15

The famous Chinese singer has been caught in China's drugs crackdown.

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Popular Chinese singer Yin Xiangjie has become the latest celebrity in China to be detained for drug possession, marking yet another high-profile drug bust in the city of Beijing.

Yin was detained by police after being arrested at his home on Christmas Day. He confessed to possessing and consuming illegal drugs after authorities found over 10 grams of drugs at his residence, including crystal methamphetamine. The 45-year-old also tested positive for drugs and is currently being held at a detention facility. Ironically, he was appointed as the publicity volunteer of an anti-drug campaign in 2007 and accepted the honor in a televised ceremony.

If convicted, it would signal a huge blow to Yin's music career. Last October, President Xi Jinping ordered that the country’s film and television industry ban movies and TV shows from featuring actors who have reportedly used illegal substances. This would also presumably extend to televised concerts and celebrity appearances. Forty performing arts organizations throughout Beijing also signed agreements that same month with municipal police to not hire any performers “involved with drugs.”  

The most high profile celebrity drug arrest in China came last August, when Jaycee Chan was busted by police at his Beijing apartment. The son of actor Jackie Chan tested positive for marijuana and allegedly admitted using the drug to authorities. Investigators later found 100 grams of marijuana in his home and charged him with using his home as a “shelter” for others to do drugs. He was formally charged with a drug offense earlier this month and faces a maximum of three years in prison for the charges against him.  

The standard sentence for first-time drug offenders in China is administrative detention of up to 15 days. However, those who are deemed addicts by police can then be forced to undergo compulsory rehab for up to three years. Although it’s unclear how many citizens are in these facilities, nearly 40,000 people were sentenced for drug offenses in the first five months of 2014. Approximately 9,000 of those people were sentenced to either death or at least five years behind bars.

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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.