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Jackie Chan's son on drugs charge

Chinese prosecutors have formally indicted the son of Hong Kong action film star Jackie Chan on the charge of sheltering others to use drugs, more than four months after he was first detained.

Prosecutors from Beijing's Dongcheng District said they indicted Jaycee Chan today. If convicted, the 32-year-old could be jailed for up to three years.

Beijing police detained Chan at his Beijing apartment in August along with Taiwanese film star Ko Kai. Police said Chan and Ko tested positive for marijuana and admitted using the drug, and that 100g (3.5oz) of it was taken from Chan's home.

Ko was released after a 14-day administrative detention for the drug use, but Chan faces the more serious criminal charge.

It is not clear when Chan will stand trial.

Chan was among a string of celebrities detained over the summer for vices such as drug use and hiring prostitutes as Beijing vowed to clean up social morals.

The detention of Jaycee Chan has been particularly embarrassing for his father, who was named by Beijing as an anti-drug ambassador in 2009.

Chan has never publicly contested the charge and his father has openly apologised over his detention.

"Regarding this issue with my son Jaycee, I feel very angry and very shocked," Jackie Chan wrote on his microblog in August. "As a public figure, I'm very ashamed. As a father, I'm heartbroken."

Prosecutors from Beijing's Dongcheng District announced the indictment in a one-line statement that did not mention when a trial would be held.

In June, Chinese president Xi Jinping declared that illegal drugs should be wiped out and that offenders should be severely punished. The crackdown snared more than 7,800 people in Beijing alone, according to police, and celebrities were targeted because of their influence over the public.

Jaycee Chan has appeared in several films and has released three albums.

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