Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté accused of drug trafficking in Tahiti and is currently being detained by authorities.
Guy Laliberté , who was born on the South Shore of Montreal, was a street performer who turned billionaire for creating Cirque du Soleil, an international success.
His performing skills we mostly self-taught and then he went to Paris, France where he learned fire-breathing and then later began stilt-walking.
Right after that, he worked in Hawaii for three winters — the place that inspired him to organize large-scale festive events.
Along with some friends, Laliberté organized his first major event in Quebec in 1982, attracting many performers from all over North America. Being a success, the fair went on for 3 years.
The last show of each year brought together the best acts of all the shows on ONE stage. Of course, these shows were a huge hit, which then became the idea to go on tour, like a circus, but a “circus without animals.”
With the financial help of the Quebec government, Guy Laliberté founded Cirque du Soleil – and the rest is history, as they say.
Fast forward to November 2019, the founder of the world-renowned Cirque is founder is detained in Tahiti for growing cannabis and drug-trafficking!
Keep in mind, the Quebec entrepreneur is a BILLIONAIRE! And, he didn’t make his money selling drugs. He did it in the most remarkable way possible.
Guy Laliberté Detained for Drug Trafficking
But, he is currently in custody in Tahiti.
In French Polynesia, where Laliberté lives on his private island, it cannabis is totally illegal. You can’t consume it, or grow it, or sell it.
Though it isn’t clear whether he’s charged with anything, he will appear in court, where it will be determined whether there was drug trafficking.
Laliberté insists that the uses marijuana for medical reasons and grows it for his own personal use on his private island. The statement from his company said that he:
“categorically denies and dissociates himself completely from any rumours implicating him in the sale or the traffic of controlled substances,”
According to French Polynesia law, possession of illegal drugs can result in severe penalties that include both jail sentences and huge fines.
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