The heir to the Tetra Pak fortune has been arrested on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine and heroin. Hans Rausing, 44, who is the grandson of the packaging giant's founder, was arrested at his home in London yesterday.
The raid on his Chelsea home followed the arrest of his wife, Eva Rausing, who allegedly tried to take small amounts of cocaine and heroine into the US Embassy.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed the pair (pictured) had been arrested on suspicion of possessing Class A drugs and had been bailed until July, pending further enquiries.
Outside the family home Eva told reporters: "I am very sorry for the upset I have caused. I intend to leave as soon as possible to seek the help that I very much need." Hans made no comment.
The couple follow the tradition of other Rausing family members in being well known philanthropists. They have given millions to charity and are particular supporters of the Mentor Foundation – a charity that seeks to prevent drug misuse and promote the health and well-being of young people.
Tetra Pak was founded in 1943 by Reuben Rausing, who had the idea of creating a carton for milk, rather than using a bottle. In 1954, he passed control of the firm to his son, Hans Sr and Gad, who turned it into a global corporation. The family divested its interests in Tetra Pak, and holding company Tetra Laval Group, in 1995.