Meet the Coca-Cola Billionaire Who Was Arrested With 5,000 Cannabis Plants on His Private Plane


Alkiviades “Alki” David is what my Yiddish-speaking grandmother would refer to as a macher, or a big deal. The scion of a Greek Coca-Cola bottling company, David is estimated to be worth about $2.8 billion; he also owns his own company, Hologram USA, which is perhaps best known for its 2012 Tupac hologram that performed at Coachella. But to borrow another phrase from the Yiddish language, David is also known for being kind of a schmuck: Hologram USA has been embroiled in multiple lawsuits, and David himself has been sued for sexual assault and harassment by a former employee, who accused him of groping her, hiring a stripper at the office, and showing her lewd photos. (She won $11 million in damages.)

On Tuesday, David once again garnered controversy when he was arrested on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis for allegedly smuggling nearly $1.3 million worth of cannabis plants and seeds on his private jet, a decision that may have landed him in deep dreck. (Everyone should learn Yiddish! It’s a fun language.)

According to Vanity Fair, David landed in Saint Kitts and Nevis with a roster of buddies that reads like Celebrity Mad Libs: actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, his wife and Meyers’ mother-in-law were reportedly on his private plane, as was billionaire Chase Ergen, cofounder and chairman of satellite cable company Dish Network. Nearly 5,000 cannabis plants, hemp seeds and CBD products were recovered on the plane, a

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