Taichung 2010 Asian Games taekwondo gold medalist Wei Chen yang (???) has been sentenced to two months in prison for possession of a controlled substance, the Taichung District Court said Monday.
The 28 year old was given the sentence, which is commutable to a fine, after he was found in possession of 54 tablets containing amphetamine during a police spot check in the central city last October.
Wei was initially stopped for using his cellphone while driving in the city's Xitun District but police later found the tablets on him, according to the court ruling.
Wei told police that he bought the drugs from a dealer in a Taichung motel earlier that month.
Amphetamine is categorized as a class 2 narcotic in Taiwan's four category classification system.
Anyone found guilty of possessing class 2 controlled drugs faces a maximum two year prison term and a fine of up to NT$200,000 (US$6,512).
The Taichung Court, however, said it decided to levy a relatively lenient punishment on Wei after he admitted possession of the drug and showed remorse following his arrest.
The former taekwondo star won a gold medal in the men's under 58 kg taekwondo final in China's Guangzhou City during the 16th Asian Games in 2010.
He later represented Taiwan at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing fifth in the 58 kg event.
The native of Nantou County retired from taekwondo in 2014 and was reportedly caught up in financial difficulties in recent years. (Chao Li yen and Joseph Yeh)
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel