In the States, Jackie Chan may be best known for his movies and inventive martial arts moves — but in China, he's also a political advisor and an anti-drug spokesperson. So, naturally, he flew to Beijing without a beat when his son, Jaycee Chan, was arrested for marijuana consumption and possession, along with Taiwanese actor Ko Chen-tung, on Monday. If convicted, Jaycee could face up to three years in prison — and in the worst-case scenario, he could face execution.
According to Beijing cops, both Jaycee and Ko tested positive and admitted to marijuana consumption, and more than 100 grams of the drug was found at Jaycee's home. But according to Kotaku, a police statement claims that Jaycee is being held on suspicions that he is harboring suspected drug users, which may lead to possible drug dealing charges. In China, drug dealing is an executable offense.
Jaycee'a famous father, Jackie, released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for his son's actions.
Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked. As a public figure, I'm very ashamed. As a father, I'm heartbroken.... Jaycee and I together express our deep apology to society and the public.
Jackie is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference — the top political advisory body to the Chinese government — and is anti-drug spokesperson for the country. So, Jackie could have enough political pull to influence his son's case. Unfortunately, Jaycee and Ko's arrest comes after Chinese president Xi Jinping announced a major crackdown on drugs in June.
Jaycee is just the latest of a string of celebrities who have been arrested for drug charges in China, which also include actor Gao Hu and director Zhang Yuan. According to The Atlantic, China's anti-drug campaign seems to be specifically targeting the entertainment industry as they try to tighten control over the country's fast-growing cannabis market.