Antiguan Football Officials Freed of Drug Charges

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Thursday 14th June, 2018-The two Antiguan football officials who were held in Jamaica on drug charges are making preparations to return home after a Jamaican Court dismissed the charges against them.

Assistant coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards and Equipment Coordinator Danny Benjamin appeared in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court today (Thursday), where the charges against them were dismissed.

According to the Jamaica Observer, the duo was freed after the prosecutor indicated that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove their guilt. The two men were jointly charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy after 3.6 pounds of the illegal substance was reportedly found in their luggage on March 26 at the Norman Manley Airport in Kingston.

They were preparing to board a flight to Antigua following a friendly football match between Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz and Antigua and Barbuda at Sabina Park, when the illicit substance was discovered during a search of their luggage.

It has been a long and arduous process for the two men in Jamaica. They secured bail separately following their arrests and incarceration and were placed under house arrest, having a stop order placed on them at all ports and having to surrender their travel documents to police.

The first time the matter was called up in court; prosecutors were not ready, which forced a delay in the hearing. On the second occasion on May 29th, there was a further delay when Parish Judge Jacqueline Wilcott, recused herself and transferred the matter to another judge, Broderick Smith. By then, it had become overbearing for Danny Benjamin, who wept openly in the courtroom having learned of the postponement.

But today their nightmare came to an end when all charges were dismissed.

The men were represented by the law firm Knight, Junor and Samuels.