Saturday, October 19, 2019

Greek Billionaire Arrested In Caribbean For $1.3M In Cannabis

A Greek billionaire and heir to the Coca Cola fortune was arrested in St Kitts after a search of his private jet revealed over a million dollars worth of cannabis on board, according to multiple news reports.

Fox News, quoting the Vancouver Sun, reported that  Alkiviades “Alki” David, 50, was arrested by the Anti-Narcotics Unit at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport after customs officials found approximately 5,000 cannabis plants in addition to seeds and a variety of other cannabis products.

The Daily Express said St. Christopher and Nevis police had confirmed that David has been  charged with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation.

The billionaire was released after paying $30,000 cash bail and was scheduled to appear at Basseterre Magistrate Court  Tuesday.

He’s required to surrender all travel documents and report to the Frigate Bay Police Station for daily check-ins, according to Fox News.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Getty Images )

The Evening Standard said that 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.

They were held for several hours, before being arrested days later when they tried to leave the island, according to the publication.

It quoted David as saying that 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 Helenic bottling plants. He and the Leventis family combined are worth £2.6 billion according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2019, the Evening Standard reported.

It said he is a major advocate for cannabis-based products and has received celebrity endorsement for his SwissX medicinal cannabis oil.

12 COMMENTS

  1. All races have some form of poverty and if you’ll were so intelligent you’ll would never make such statements. I bet my IQ is way higher than both of you ( collaborated). They lucky is St. Kitts that have them (dumb a…….).

  2. How smart these Caribbean people are cutting their nose to spoil their faces. Everywhere legalizing it you’re arresting people what a bunch of fools

  3. To those making the racial comments would you say the same for a caribbean man arrested at JFK for the same offence? The answer would be no! we follow your country’s law you should follow ours.

  4. NO BIG DEAL

    This may seem ‘odd’ because of his reported financial status.’

    Not an advocate, trafficker or consumer, but other than making news, this appears to be ‘…No Big Deal.’

    To an obviously wealthy man, and ‘…an advocate for decriminalization and/or legalization to facilitate the ‘…development of a Medicinal industry,’ there may be no shame nor disgrace.

    However, he may have been ‘…reckless not to know that possession of marijuana is still an offence of ‘…Strict Liability’ in these tiny islands ‘…with indecisive leadership and laid back position on the issue of legalization.’

  5. A Billionaire flying into the Caribbean to get Ganja yet our dumb ass leaders are thumping their noses. Our weed should be control by US Market By US Cultivate by US all revenue stays with us. So many people took jail for just having a spliff and they still want to lock you up for it. Suddenly it’s fashionable and lucrative but our leaders are still grasping like a drowning man after a straw afraid of the US

  6. Can’t we West Indians not see what’s happening or are still suffering from Colonial syndrome!

    They are coming to us to obtain seeds and strands, why!

    Because they know the value of what we’ve got more than us.

    We will just lay down and accept it.

    I am flabbergasted as to why the gentle man was arrested. He should have been brought for discussions of partnering within the Cannabis industry.

    You politicians haven’t got a clue!

    • Those guys see what we have and they want it. He was arrested because he broke the law. We shouldn’t allow those people to come in and exploit the region anymore. They did it with slavery. They did it after slavery. We should be leading that effort to export ganja.

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