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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is pictured for the first time since as he flies out of LA

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been pictured for the first time since travelling on a plane to St. Kitts with $1.3 million worth of cannabis in May.

The Irish actor, 42, wore a suit jacket over a white T-shirt and was laden with bags as he caught a flight out of LAX Airport on Friday.

Wearing black baggy trousers fresh from the flight, Jonathan hurried into the terminal after arriving at the airport.

Jetting off: Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been pictured for the first time since travelling on a plane to St. Kitts with $1.3 million worth of cannabis as he jetted out of Los Angeles on Friday

Jetting off: Jonathan Rhys Meyers has been pictured for the first time since travelling on a plane to St. Kitts with $1.3 million worth of cannabis as he jetted out of Los Angeles on Friday

The Tudors star wore his brunette locks natural after hours of travelling, while he toted a brown leather bag, a guitar and a map under his arm.

Jonathan swiftly entered the terminal in his smart-casual attire on his solo outing.

It comes after the actor and his family travelled on a plane with an estimated 5,000 cannabis plants in May alongside Greek Coca Cola heir Alki David – who was arrested on drugs charges. 

Jonathan’s wife Mara Lane appeared to forget the controversy surrounding her arrival in St. Kitts and Nevis with the Greek Coca Cola heir as she posted a snap just days after the incident. 

Bags: The Irish actor, 42, wore a suit jacket over a white T-shirt and was laden with bags as he caught a flight out of LAX Airport

Bags: The Irish actor, 42, wore a suit jacket over a white T-shirt and was laden with bags as he caught a flight out of LAX Airport

The billionaire was taken into custody shortly after travelling to the Caribbean country with Rhys Meyers and his family on a private jet containing an estimated £1.3million worth of cannabis. 

The wife of troubled Hollywood star Jonathan, visited one of the island’s stunning beaches just days after the incident as she posted a fun-filled holiday snap.

Taking to Instagram, the brunette looked completely oblivious to the arrest as local authorities swooped on David and his business partner Chase Ergen following their arrival at Robert L. Bradshaw International airport.

They had transported an estimated 5,000 cannabis plants on the aircraft as part of their new business to ‘develop legal cannabis businesses in the region’.

Don't mind me: Mara Lane appeared to forget the controversy surrounding her arrival in St. Kitts and Nevis with Greek Coca Cola heir Alki David in May

Don’t mind me: Mara Lane appeared to forget the controversy surrounding her arrival in St. Kitts and Nevis with Greek Coca Cola heir Alki David in May

But Lane, who was reportedly cavity searched alongside her mother during the incident, appeared to be nonplussed as she soaked up the tropical heat while relaxing in a patterned bikini during her stay on the island.

Sharing a short video, the actress stretched out while son Wolf – her only child with Rhys Meyers – kept her amused by shoveling sand onto her legs. 

In keeping with the video’s upbeat tone, Lane accompanied the clip with a snippet of popular children’s song Baby Shark.     

Good times: Lane, who was reportedly cavity searched during the incident after her arrival on the island, appeared to be nonplussed as she soaked up the tropical heat

Good times: Lane, who was reportedly cavity searched during the incident after her arrival on the island, appeared to be nonplussed as she soaked up the tropical heat

High spirits: Lane saw the funny side as son Wolf, her only child with Rhys Meyers, attempted to cover her in sand

High spirits: Lane saw the funny side as son Wolf, her only child with Rhys Meyers, attempted to cover her in sand

‘Just trying to tan the underarms and in comes Wolf throwing sand blobs at me,’ she wrote. ‘Some #babyshark action for your entertainment purposes just in case you have not heard it a gajillion times already. A gajillion and one times now.’ 

Lane, Rhys Meyers and their son were entertained by Coca Cola heir David and satellite heir Ergen during their stay in St. Kitts and Nevis, and she latest thanked them for their hospitality in a separate post. 

Sharing a shot of Ergen with her son, she wrote: ‘@alkidavid, we hope you have favorable outcomes with your business ventures in gorgeous St Kitts & Nevis. 

‘Wolf says hi Uncle Chase, we hope you feel better. We love you both Thank you also A for a colorful holiday and showing us a beautiful part of the world that we had yet to explore. 

‘Hope to return someday again to these amazing islands and to see some more beautiful vervant monkeys and enjoy some more local johnnycakes coconut buns.’   

Close: Lane, Rhys Meyers and their son were entertained by Coca Cola heir David and satellite heir Ergen during their stay in St. Kitts and Nevis, and she latest thanked them for their hospitality in a separate post

Close: Lane, Rhys Meyers and their son were entertained by Coca Cola heir David and satellite heir Ergen during their stay in St. Kitts and Nevis, and she latest thanked them for their hospitality in a separate post

Trouble: (L-R) 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

Trouble: (L-R) 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

Arrest: David, pictured during his arrest, and Ergen 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'

Arrest: David, pictured during his arrest, and Ergen 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’

David and Ergen were pulled aside by customs officials after landing and ‘held for eight hours’ before being let go and then arrested as they tried to leave the island days later. 

David’s family business is the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants. It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products as part of their new venture.

In addition to being the founder of FilmOn.TV and Hologram USA, David also has a business selling oil extracted from cannabis plants, which he markets as a treatment for a range of conditions.

It has been endorsed by celebrities including rapper Snoop Dogg and fashion designer Donatella Versace.

And now appears to have landed him in hot water.

Controversy: 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

Controversy: 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: ‘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.’ 

David was released after paying bail of $30,000, ordered to surrender all travel documents.

Ergen was then reportedly arrested for drug possession days later after being found with what David claims is medicinal Ketamine and remains locked up. 

The billionaire heir 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.

Friend: Their actor pal Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also on board the private jet

Friend: Their actor pal Jonathan Rhys Meyers was also on board the private jet

Speaking to the DailyMail.com, David calls 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.’ 

Onboard: It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products

Onboard: It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products

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. 

Opening up: 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

Opening up: 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

‘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 contacted The Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force and a representative of Rhys Meyers for comment at the time. 

Daily Mail UK

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