“Gigi was traveling with marijuana purchased legally in N.Y.C. with a Medical license,” a rep for the star tells PEOPLE
Gigi Hadid Arrested and Fined $1,000 for Marijuana Possession in Cayman Islands
Supermodel Gigi Hadid was arrested and fined $1,000 by Customs & Border Control agents in the Cayman Islands. The incident occurred last week when Hadid arrived on a private jet for a girls’ trip from the United States on July 10.
Upon her arrival at Owen Roberts International Airport, her luggage was scanned and searched by hand. Authorities discovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia, described as “ganja and utensils used for the consumption of ganja,” according to local outlet Cayman Marl Road.
The quantities found were deemed small and seemingly for personal use. Another member of Hadid’s group, Leah Nicole McCarthy, also had similar materials in her bags and was arrested alongside Hadid.
Both women were transported to the Prisoner Detention Center, but were later released on bail. They appeared in a Summary Court on July 12 and pleaded guilty. Each of them received a $1,000 fine, and no conviction was recorded. The charges brought against them were not specified by the Cayman Islands courts.
A representative for Hadid clarified that the marijuana she was carrying had been legally purchased in New York City with a medical license. Additionally, medical use of marijuana has been legal in Grand Cayman since 2017. The representative emphasized that Hadid’s record remains clear and that she enjoyed the remainder of her time on the island.
Leah Nicole McCarthy has not provided a comment regarding the incident.
Despite the arrest, Hadid and her friends have continued to enjoy their vacation, sharing pictures and videos of their travels. Hadid even posted on Instagram, showcasing a massive fake dragon tattoo on her leg. She appeared to brush off the arrest in a subsequent post, sharing a carousel of photos and videos from her trip and captioning it, “All’s well that ends well.”