Thursday 29th April, 2018 – The two Antiguan football officials who were detained in Jamaica this week were charged by Jamaican Police on Wednesday.
49 year-old Football Coach Derrick ‘Pretty Boy’ Edwards, of Jennings Village and 48-year-old Danny Benjamin, equipment coordinator, were slapped with several drug related charges after marijuana was allegedly discovered in a travel bag.
According to the Jamaica Observer, both Edwards and Benjamin were expected to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning to answer to the charges of possession of ganja, taking preparatory steps to export ganja and conspiracy.
According to Jamaican police, the drug was detected in one of the football officials’ luggage during X-ray examinations at the airport.
When the bag was searched, a backpack containing two rectangular packages of approximately 3.6 pounds of ganja was reportedly found in a false compartment. The drug has an estimated street value of $16,000 Jamaican according to police.
The team was departing the Jamaica following their 1-1 draw in a friendly international match with the Reggae Boyz at Sabina Park on Sunday.
Following the discovery of the ganja, Derrick Edwards and Danny Benjamin were denied boarding at Norman Manley International Airport. Another member of the management team who is not implicated in the matter stayed in Jamaica to lend support to the duo.
The remaining team members returned to Antigua on Monday aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight.