COCA COLA heir Alki David has been arrested with his fellow billionaire business partner after landing in St Kitts on a private jet allegedly carrying $1.3million (£900,000) of cannabis.
David, 50, and satellite businessman Chase Ergen, 66, were on a plane, transporting 5,000 cannabis plants, with The Tudors’ actor pal Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 41, and his family.
David, who was questioned for eight hours after the plane landed, told Mail Online: ‘Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ mother-in-law and wife were cavity searched. We left the airport after the search but were then arrested after trying to leave the island a few days later.’
The Greek billionaire, whose family owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling company, is believed to have been carrying hemp clone plants, seeds and CBD oil for a new venture.
He has been charged with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug. He was released after paying bail of more than £23,000.
Ergen was then arrested for drug possession days later after being found with what David claimed was medicinal ketamine and remains locked up. Both men said they were ‘working to make sure the island takes its rightful place as a leader in the world’s fastest growing industry — legal CBD hemp’.
Lawyer Henry Browne said ‘the mere possession of marijuana seeds is not a crime’. However, prime minister Timothy Harris’s office said: ‘Non-nationals would not be permitted to secure advantages over nationals as we set about to build out a marijuana industry.’