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China detains renowned screenwriter for drug taking

Published on Jun 27, 2014 5:20 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Police have detained a famous Chinese screenwriter for taking illegal drugs, in the latest case of a celebrity becoming ensnared in a government crackdown on crime and Internet "rumours".

Police identified the detainee by only his surname, Chen. But other details provided in their Thursday statement - such as a popular comic television series by which he rose to distinction - indicated that the man was Chen Wanning, better known to the public by his pseudonym Ning Caishen.

The 39-year-old screenwriter was detained on Tuesday in an apartment in east Beijing, according to a statement posted by the city's public security authorities on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

A pack of crystal methamphetamine - also known as ice - and drug-related paraphernalia were found in one of Chen's desk drawers, the statement said, adding that the screenwriter admitted that he had started taking drugs in December.

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