Greek Coca Cola heir Alki David posted $300,000 bail and fled St Kitts on-board his¬† private jet on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on drugs charges for allegedly smuggling $1.3 million in cannabis plants onto the island.¬†¬†
David, 50, who traveled with his fellow billionaire business partner Chase Ergen, and the actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, insists the transportation of the ‘5,000’ cannabis plants was legal and ‘intends to develop a cannabis businesses in the region.’
The billionaire heir to the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants, is scheduled to return to the island on September 23 to appear in court on charges of possession with an intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation.¬†
The large haul of hemp cloned plants and seeds were seized as evidence, but St Kitts authorities will now have to assume care of the plants until his court date, according to David, by which time it looks likely cannabis will be legal on the island following a recent court decision overturning some of the country’s anti-drug laws.
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Greek Coca Cola heir Alki David posted $300,000 bail and fled St Kitts on-board his private jet on Tuesday, a day after he was arrested on drugs charges for allegedly smuggling $1.3 million in cannabis plants onto the island
The billionaire heir to the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants, is scheduled to return to the island on September 23 to appear in court on charges of possession with an intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation
Speaking exclusively to the DailyMail.com about his intended venture, David said: ‘There are very exciting plans to invest and transform the area with new plantations, I will drive that through in every way I can.¬†
‘There has been a lot of crazy and insane drama this week and I now want to move on from these episodes in a spirit of love and harmony.’¬†
The billionaire also expressed his love of the island and hoped his planned venture would bring prosperity to the island, adding:¬†‘I want to help this special island. Youth unemployment is very high and there is a chance to give a total boost to the area.
‘I want do positive things for the beautiful island. I love St Kitts and I love their people.¬†A near future awaits where we will grow thousands of acres of special plants.’
David, Ergen and Meyers were pulled aside by custom officials and held for eight hours after arriving on Saturday May 11. All three were later released but David was subsequently arrested Monday as he tried to leave the island
David, Ergen and Meyers were pulled aside by custom officials and held for eight hours after arriving on Saturday May 11. All three were later released but David was subsequently arrested Monday as he tried to leave the island.¬†¬†
After posting $300,000 bail David was able to leave. Ergen remains in hospital on the island for unspecified reasons, although it is understood he has family locally.
Meyers was held briefly and allowed to depart. He was with his wife and mother-in-law and in understood to be longterm friends with David, but unconnected to the business.¬†
A statement from Alki David’s legal team said: ‘Alki David has cleared up the situation with the authorities in St. Kitts-Nevis and his passport has been returned to him.¬†
‘He looks forward to continuing plans to develop the medicinal cannabis industry on the island, bringing new prosperity to its citizens.’¬†
Footage obtained by the DailyMail.com shows David boarding the private jet minus the cannabis plants but with his SwissX CBD oil products that he planned to unveil on the island still boxed.¬†¬†
Alki David¬† four time St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, and Chase Ergen on the tarmac in St. Kitts. David and¬†Ergen were arrested accused of¬†carrying $1.3 million worth of cannabis into the country
David, 50, pictured during his arrest, and Chase Ergen, heir to satellite fortune, are said to have transported an estimated 5,000 cannabis plants as part of their new business to ‘develop legal cannabis businesses in the region’
Ergen was then arrested for drug possession days later and remains locked up, according to David who says¬†the ketamine he was found with is his medication for bi polar
In a statement to The Daily Express¬†St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force confirmed David had been charged with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation.¬†
David told DailyMail.com on Monday: ‘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.’¬†¬†
Ergen was then reportedly arrested for drug possession days later after being found with what David claims is medicinal ketamine and remains locked up.¬†
Their actor pal Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also on board the private jet
David called his business partner’s arrest a ‘set up’ and said the additional drugs were in fact his medication.¬†
He added: ‘This was his medication for bi polar. He was talking to Prime Minister Harris when he was suddenly arrested. He is going into his second night behind bars.’
A statement from the two 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.
‘Our intention is to work with the government, the courts, the banks, the business sector, and the farmers to develop a fair system that creates thousands of jobs on the island and uses Swissx’s international distribution network to make St. Kitts-Nevis cannabis products among the most sought after in the world.
‘It is our intention to quickly see a surge in the nation’s GDP that will benefit everyone. This is an economic development initiative for raising the quality of life in conjunction with local SKN Caribbean partners. Former PM Denzil Douglas is working closely with us.
‘We’ve have met with Prime Minister Harris to talk about coordinating support efforts before we leave next week for meetings in Dominica and other Caribbean island nations that have shown great interest in our cooperative partnership.¬†
‘Those talks have broken down and led to the arrests of David and Ergen. David and Ergen’s legal team has arrived from the UK and will be filing lawsuits against PM Harris and the government this week.’¬†
It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products
Speaking to the DailyMail.com David, pictured, calls his business partner’s arrest a ‘set up’ and said the additional drugs were in fact his medication
But lawyer Dr. Henry Browne told The Kitts Nevis Observer: ‘The mere possession of marijuana seeds is not a crime. What is a crime is to have the seeds and to come to an agreement to plant the seeds.¬†
‘Planting the seeds for the purpose of cultivation is a crime. The mere possession of the marijuana plant is illegal.’¬†
In a statement the Office of Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris said: ‘Non-nationals would not be permitted to secure advantages over nationals as we set about to build out a marijuana industry.¬†
‘The government has not granted any license to anyone to import plants or seeds into the Federation and that [the] administration has not had any conversation with any foreigner about setting up businesses to trade in cannabis.’¬†
Cannabis Bill, 2019, is set to be passed in St Kitts and Nevis that will allow the use of cannabis for medicinal, religious and recreational purposes, according to the Observer.
David has already hit the headlines this month after he was forced to pay $11 million to a former employee after losing a sexual harassment lawsuit.
DailyMail.com has contacted¬†The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and a representative of¬†Rhys Meyers for comment.¬†