As many of you might already know, I'm not the biggest fan of Jackie Chan. His works, definitely; himself as a man, not so much. Now it appears that Jackie Chan might have his work cut out for himself. His son, Jaycee has been arrested in Beijing for weed procession.
***top photo, Ko Chen-tung and Jaycee Chan taken from China's twitter-like weibo***
The South China Morning Post reports that action star Jackie Chan, best known from movie such as Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2, has landed in Beijing to help his son Jaycee.
***Jackie Chan| JackieChan.com***
Jaycee 32 was arrested over the weekend by Beijing police over drug procession. The younger Chan along with 23-year-old Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung tested positive to using Marijuana. Police also found more than 100 grams of Marijuana in younger Chan's Beijing abode.
Younger Chan, also known as Fang Zuming, is best known in China for staring in movies such as Mulan and 2 Young. Following his celebrity father, younger Chan got into the film business in the 2000's. His arrest is the highest profile drug bust in China in recent history.
***Younger Chan circa May 23, 2014| Weibo***
Both younger Chan and Ko can and probably will be charged and punished for drug consumption. It's implied that consumption carries a lesser punishment compared to possession. Younger Chan may face anywhere from mandatory rehab to three years in prison for the 100g's of weed police found. Younger Chan can technically face executions but both because of his own celebrity and that of his father's he might be safe from the firing squad.
Jackie Chan is a current member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, part of China's legislative body. He's also an anti-drugs spokesperson in China, a position he's held since 2009. Jackie Chan maintains several business and investment ventures within the Chinese mainland and has several ties to the ruling communist party.
Over the course of the last two months over 7,800 people were caught in Beijing alone for drug related offences. Since Nov 2013, China has been on an anti-corruption campaign led by President Xi Jinping. The country's also cracked down on prostitution and drugs.
It'll be interesting to see what kind of influence Jackie Chan can pull out to save his son. It'll counter-intuitive for Beijing to let younger Chan go off scott-free amid this crackdown.
Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee arrested in Beijing drug bust with Taiwanese actor Kai Ko [SCMP]
Jackie Chan’s Son Becomes Unwitting Star in China’s Anti-Drug Campaign [Wall Street Journal]
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