Updated 11:58 AM EST, Sat, Nov 27, 2021

Rich Chinese Stars, Including Jackie Chan's Son, Arrested in China's Crackdown on Drugs, Marijuana

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China may be using the arrest of actor, singer Jaycee Chan, as an example for people involved in drug use in the country. The son of action star Jackie Chan was taken into custody in Beijing following a positive test for marijuana, authorities said. Police said they found 100 grams of weed at the 32-year-old's house, according to reports.

Ironically, Jackie Chan, who is 60, had served in a role as a spokesman representing China's National Anti-Drug Committee five years ago, where he promoted anti-drug education, reports said

Drug use is referred to as moral corruption in China and, reportedly, since the Communist Party took over in the late 1940s, drugs like opium declined in use. But there's been a resurgence lately. There was a call out by China's Ministry of Public Security to law enforcement that the problem of drugs needed to be eradicated and police were instructed to get tough on vices that include not only drugs, but gambling and prostitution. The call went out in February to increase anti-drug enforcement. 

Since the government has made drug use a national issue, China has taken into custody a total of more than 7,800 people who were suspected of drug-related crimes this year. The Xinhua state news agency said that number was up 72 percent from 2013, a clear sign the government is taking this seriously.

"The use of drugs in China, particularly synthetic drugs like methamphetamine, ketamine and ecstasy," reports Reuters, "has grown along with the rise of a new urban class with greater disposable income." As China gets richer, more people want to get high, that suggests. 

M'Stones International Corp, the management company for Jackie Chan released a statement saying that it was sticking by Jaycee. In addition to Chan's son, police also took Taiwan movie star Ko Chen-tung into custody after the 23-year-old tested positive for marijuana, new reports said. The arrests of both stars came down in central Beijing according to reports, after residents tipped off police.

China is extremely serious about dealing with the problem of drug abuse, and the government has taken extreme measures, such as when it executed two South Koreans last week, reports said. The individuals were said to have been smuggling methamphetamine.

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