Greek Cypriot tycoon Alkiviades David – also known as Alki David – was arrested Monday on the Caribbean Island of St. Kitts after more than $1 million worth of cannabis was allegedly found aboard his private jet.
Customs officials allegedly uncovered approximately 5,000 cannabis plants, as well as seeds and CBD oil products, on the aircraft.
David had flown into St. Kitts with fellow billionaire business partner Chase Ergen, 66, who was also said to have been arrested, and actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The men were held for several hours, before being arrested days later when they attempted to leave the island.
David claimed the plants were “all hemp” and were part of a new venture to “develop a legal cannabis business” in eastern Caribbean nations.
David, who lives on the Isle of Man, is heir to the Leventis-David Group, which holds the majority share in the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants. He and the Leventis family combined are worth £2.6 billion, according to The Sunday Times’ “Rich List 2019.”
The tycoon is a major advocate for cannabis-based products and has received celebrity endorsement for his “SwissX” medicinal cannabis oil.
#STKITTS: Billionaires Alki David and Chase Ergen, who formed an international-regional consortium to invest in cannabis in the Eastern Caribbean were recently detained after their private aircraft landed in St.Kitts with a consignment of their new venture products. pic.twitter.com/BvRl6nuOTN
— CaribbeanNewsNetwork (@caribbeannewsuk) May 13, 2019