Gigi Hadid was arrested and fined $1,000 after Customs and Border Control agents discovered marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia in her luggage upon arrival in the Cayman Islands last week, for PEOPLE.
In a statement to EW, Hadid’s representatives confirmed that she had purchased the drugs “legally in New York with a medical license.” They added: “He has also been legal for medical use in Grand Cayman since 2017. His record remains clear and he enjoyed the rest of his time on the island.”
The 28-year-old model and influencer had taken a private jet to the British overseas territory as part of a girls trip. However, her holiday got off to a rocky start when she was “arrested on suspicion of importing ganja and importing paraphernalia used for the consumption of ganja” shortly after arriving at Owen Roberts International Airport on July 10, according to local media. Cayman Marl Road.
Upon scanning Hadid’s luggage, agents discovered “ganja and paraphernalia used for the consumption of ganja,” according to the outlet. He noted that the amounts were “relatively small” and “apparently for personal consumption.”
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In addition to Hadid, her friend Leah Nicole McCarthy was also arrested after similar materials were found in her suitcase, according to Cayman Marl Road. The pair were later taken to the prison’s detention center for processing before being released on bail.
Hadid and McCarthy appeared in court on July 12, where they both pleaded guilty to the charges and were fined $1,000. No conviction was recorded.
EW reached out to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service and Owen Roberts International Airport for more information, but did not immediately hear back.