China is cracking down on celebrities very hard these days. They want to ensure that no one regardless of their social status is immune to the drug laws that are in effect.
Jaycee Chan is the son of Jackie Chan and was arrested in Beijing. The thirty-one year old actor was tested positive for marijuana according to news sources. Another actor, Kai Ko was also detained with Jaycee, and also tested positive. Both could face up to three years in jail for breaking the law.
There have currently been over 7,000 arrests made in the area already. China and Chinese authorities want to lower the drug use and possession percentages and are doing everything they can to keep the area drug-free.
Jaycee told police in a tearful apology while trying to hide his face just how he feels about the situation. "I very much regret about what happened. I'm very sorry to those who support me, like me or even know me personally," he said. "I just want to tell them I'm really sorry. I've set the worst example, which had the most terrible influence. And this is a huge mistake."
Police confiscated over one hundred grams of the drug in Jaycee Chan’s apartment. With the increase in drug use Chan and Ko are being made examples of since the use of drugs has been on the rise and it now seventy-two percent higher than it ever was.
Other celebrities that have also been arrested for drug use or possession were Zhang Mo and Li Daimo. This has to be upsetting for Jaycee’s father, Jackie Chan since he was named in China in 2009 as an anti-drug ambassador. The actions of his son go against his beliefs and Beijing authorities are cracking down hard. They are banning drug use from the entertainment industry and not thinking twice about arresting any artist, star or celebrity that breaks the law.
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