Billionaire Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, who is heir to the Coca-Cola estate, was arrested on a small Caribbean island after authorities caught him with over $1 million worth of cannabis—or about 5,000 plants.
Fox News reports that on St. Kitts island in the Caribbean, police searched David’s private jet and found a massive amount of cannabis, seeds and other related supplies. David was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. He is being charged with possession with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the Federation.
According to David, all of the plants on board were hemp and were intended to supply a new legal cannabis business. He intended to help Rastafarians in the Eastern Caribbean participate in the industry. David owns SwissX, a medical cannabis company that sells luxury CBD oils with an endorsement from Snoop Dog. SwissX was presumably the destination for the cannabis. David is a member of the Leventis family, and is behind the Leventis-David Group, which owns Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants in 28 countries. David is reportedly worth $2.8 billion.
According to Mogaznews, the billionaire was traveling with actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors and Vikings fame, among other passengers. David regularly brushed shoulders with stars, and was responsible for creating the holograms for Tupac at Coachella 2012 and Michael Jackson for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards.
David has had a bad month—just weeks ago, the billionaire lost a $11.1 million harassment lawsuit. In that case, David was accused of firing an employee after she refused to have sex with him. David was released after paying bail of approximately $30,000 and is scheduled to make another appearance at Basseterre Magistrate Court on May 14. David is required to surrender all travel documents and report daily to the Frigate Bay Police Station.