Following her arrest for drug-related charges in November, TVB actress, Candy Chang (張慧雯), was seen reporting to the Hong Kong Police station yesterday. Representing Candy on the case is actress-turned-lawyer Money Lo (盧敏儀). Although Candy did not stop to speak with the press, she smiled slightly.
On November 25, a van driven by a man with the surname of Law was stopped by the police for speeding, and 13 bags of marijuana was discovered in the car. The police did not know that the passenger was actress Candy Chang, but the driver begged the police not to arrest her. Candy reportedly told the police she is an actress and would not like her name to be disclosed, although the press quickly rushed to the scene.
Charged by the police for possession of and driving under the influence of illegal drugs, Law has previous records of the same charges and car thefts.
After the drug arrest made headlines, Candy claimed that she fell asleep in the car and maintained her innocence. She also explained that Law was not her boyfriend, but only a new acquaintance she met through a mutual friend.
Maximum Sentence of 7 Years Imprisonment
As stated by Hong Kong’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, if proven guilty, the maximum penalty for possession of illegal drugs is a fine of $1 million HKD and imprisonment for 7 years. The sentence will usually depend on whether the drugs involved was used for distribution or personal consumption, whether he or she pleads guilty, and if it was the first time the crime has been committed. If drugs were found in the car, the passenger will also be arrested and charged. If drug trafficking is involved, it may result in a life sentence.
Benched by TVB
Twenty-three-year-old Candy Chang was born in Hong Kong. The Chang family immigrated to Canada when she was 7. Candy was crowned 2009 Miss Chinese Toronto, and was the second runner-up in the 2010 Miss Chinese International pageant.
Candy gained popularity after acting in The Hippocratic Crush <On Call 36小時>. She is also tentatively cast in The Hippocratic Crush 2, and will be in a love triangle with Him Law (羅仲謙) and Eliza Sam. However, the drug charges may cost Candy her role. Chen Yaoquan (陳耀全), the producer of The Hippocratic Crush 2, said he has not received any notification from TVB management on the need to replace Candy with another actress yet, and believed that her personal life will not affect her performance. Many of Candy’s TVB colleagues also believed she is innocent in the drug possession case.
Candy was also cast in the comedy Master Understands <師父‧明白了>, but TVB executive Virginia Lok (樂易玲) decided to remove her from the series, due to possible scheduling conflicts.
This article is written by Lance for JayneStars.com.