Gigi Hadid

The model was arrested at Owen Roberts International Airport, Cayman Islands.

Model Gigi Hadid was arrested and fined $1,000 (KSh. 141, 600) at the Owen Roberts International Airport.

This was after Customs and Border Control agents discovered marijuana and drug-related paraphernalia in her luggage upon arriving in the Cayman Islands last week.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, Hadid’s representatives confirmed that she had purchased the drugs “legally in NYC with a Medical license.” They added, “It has also been legal for medical use in Grand Cayman since 2017. Her record remains clear and she enjoyed the rest of her time on the island.”

The model and influencer, 28, had taken a private jet to the British Overseas Territory as part of a girls’ trip. However, her vacation got off to a rocky start when she was “arrested on suspicion of Importation of Ganja and Importation of Utensils used for the consumption of ganja” shortly after arriving at Owen Roberts International Airport on July 10, according to local outlet Cayman Marl Road. 

When scanning Hadid’s luggage, officers discovered “ganja and utensils used for the consumption of ganja,” according to the outlet. It noted that the quantities were “relatively small” and “seemingly for personal consumption.”

In addition to Hadid, her friend Leah Nicole McCarthy was also reportedly arrested after similar materials were found in her suitcase, per Cayman Marl Road. The pair were subsequently taken to the Prison Detention Center for processing before being later released on bail. 

Hadid and McCarthy appeared in court on July 12, where they both pled guilty to the charges and were fined $1,000. No convictions were recorded.