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Jackie Chan’s son sentenced to 6 months for drug offense

/ 12:30 PM January 09, 2015
In this June 14, 2010 file photo, Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan poses during a premiere of his film " Break Up Club " in Hong Kong. A Chinese court said Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 the son of actor Jackie Chan has pleaded guilty to providing a venue for drug users and has been sentenced to six months in jail. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

In this June 14, 2010 file photo, Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan poses during a premiere of his film ” Break Up Club ” in Hong Kong. A Chinese court said Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 the son of actor Jackie Chan has pleaded guilty to providing a venue for drug users and has been sentenced to six months in jail. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

BEIJING—The son of actor Jackie Chan pleaded guilty in a Beijing court Friday to providing a venue for drug users and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Jaycee Chan, 32, also was ordered to pay 2,000 yuan, or about $320, the Dongcheng District People’s Court in Beijing says on its microblog account.

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Police detained Chan, Taiwanese movie star Ko Kai and several others in August in Chan’s Beijing apartment. The official Xinhua News Agency said Chan and Ko tested positive for marijuana, and police seized more than 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of marijuana from Chan’s home.

Xinhua said the maximum sentence for the charge was three years in prison.

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The trial and sentence have proved particularly sensitive for Jackie Chan, who was named an anti-drug ambassador in 2009, and sits on China’s top national political advisory panel — the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. The actor has told Xinhua that he did not use his connections to interfere with the case and that he hopes his singer-actor son will become an anti-drug ambassador when he is released.

State broadcaster China Central Television had aired video of the police raid on Jaycee Chan’s apartment, in which Chan was shown identifying marijuana in his possession. Ko testified on camera that he had used drugs at Chan’s home.

CCTV also said Chan told police that he has been using drugs for eight years.

Ko, whose real name is Ko Chen-tung, has been released after a 14-day administrative detention for drug use.

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