Greek US-based billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested on the Caribbean Island of Saint Kitts after a search of his private jet uncovered more than 5,000 cannabis plants worth $1.3 million. The heir to the Coca-Cola fortune was arrested at the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport and charged with the intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of controlled drugs. The St Christopher and Nevis Police Force confirmed the charges with the Daily Express.
The Vancouver Sun reported that the Anti-Narcotics Unit found the plants along with seeds and a variety of other cannabis products. David claimed that the products on board were related to a new business venture to start a legal cannabis business in the region.
David and Chase Ergen, the heir to the satellite fortune, had announced in April that they would create a consortium to operate in the Eastern Caribbean around St Kitts Nevis, Dominica and Antigua. The venture, modelled after the ones in Switzerland, would create thousands of jobs and there have also been meetings with business and government leaders in the region.
David, 50, heir to the Coca-Cola fortune, was arrested after customs officials found approximately 5,000 cannabis plants in addition to seeds and other cannabis products.
He was charged with intent to supply, possession of drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation.
David has denied the drug accusations, claiming his plants are a different variety of cannabis, do not contain THC- the active ingredient in marijuana-and is not illegal in St Kitts.
“We’re going to go into the granular details of what cannabis genus it is,” he said. “We didn’t even bring in cannabis, we brought in a cousin of cannabis that has been genetically modified.”
David’s family business is the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants.
It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products as part of their new venture.