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Antiguan Football Officials Face Drug Charges

Tuesday 27th March, 2018 – Two Antiguan football officials caught with Marijuana in Jamaica were expected to appear in court this morning.

According to the Jamaica Observer, law enforcement in Jamaica confirmed  that two members of the management staff of the Antiguan national football team were arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) after 3.6 pounds of ganja was found in a checked luggage.

Reports from the police’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) are that about 2:00pm on Monday, detectives from the Narcotics Division arrested the two after the football team and support management staff checked in to board a flight when the marijuana was detected in one of their checked luggage during x-ray examinations.

Subsequently their bags were searched in their presence and a false compartment found in a bag containing a back pack with two rectangular packages with ganja amounting to 3.6 pounds.

The officer at the CCU explained that the individual who owned the bag that was found with the ganja was searched and questioned and subsequently another member of the management team was summoned.

Both were arrested and placed in police custody; however their identities were being withheld until they would have consulted with their attorneys.

According to reports, a prominent Jamaican attorney, K.D Knight was retained to represent the two men implicated.

The team ended with a 1-1 draw in a friendly international match with the Reggae Boyz on Sunday.

While the team members landed in Antigua on Monday, Cuban Physio – Julio Gonzalez, Equipment Manager – Danny Benjamin and Assistant Coach – Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards were denied boarding.

Team Manager Fernando “Nando” Abraham remained in Jamaica to provide assistance and is reportedly not involved in the matter.


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