Taiwanese actor detained in China for doing marijuana: TV
Central News Agency
2014-08-18 11:01 PM
Beijing, Aug. 18 (CNA) Chinese TV reported Monday that police seized more than 100 grams of marijuana on Aug. 14 at the house of Hong Kong actor Jacee Chan, along with whom Taiwanese actor Kai Ko (Ko Chen-tung) was detained in eastern Beijing.

The report said the two have admitted to using marijuana, but added that Chan was being kept under "criminal detention" on suspicion of "allowing others to use drugs in his house," while Ko was put under "administrative detention" on lesser charges.

Under Chinese law, those arrested on suspicion of violating the country's "social security management and punishment law" are detained for up to 15 days, while those put under "criminal detention" can be kept up to 37 days.

Ko's agency in Taiwan confirmed earlier that Ko was being detained in China on suspicion of illegal drug use.

The 23-year-old Ko, who won the Golden Horse for Best New Performer in 2011 for his role in the blockbuster "You Are the Apple of My Eye," was being held on suspicion of violating China's "social security management and punishment law," the agency's executive officer Chai Chih-ping said.

Chai said that when she got the message from Chinese public security authorities Monday evening, she was shocked "to the point of breaking down."

Media in Beijing and Hong Kong have reported that Ko and Jacee Chan, the actor son of movie star Jacky Chan, have been held in detention since Aug. 12.

Ko has been absent from social media for several days, fueling media speculation on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. (By Lawrence Chiu, Wu Wan-ting, Chen Yi-wei and S.C. Chang)

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