UPDATED: Football officials freed of drug charges in Jamaica


The two Antiguan football officials who were arrested on ganja-related charges were today freed in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court.

The two members of the Antigua and Barbuda football team, assistant coach Derrick Edwards, 49, and equipment coordinator Danny Benjamin, 48, were freed of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja and conspiracy.

The duo was freed after the prosecutor indicated that they did not have sufficient evidence to prove their guilt.

They were arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on April 26 after their luggage was searched and 3.6 pounds of ganja found.

The ganja was reportedly detected in one of their checked luggage during X-ray examination. Subsequently, their bags were searched in their presence and two rectangular packages with ganja were found in a false compartment in a backpack in the bag.

The men were travelling home with the Antigua and Barbuda football team after its 1-1 draw with Jamaica at Sabina Park the day before.

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  1. Amen and amen. What a mighty God we serve. They were tested and tried but God delivered them. #ButGod. We need to celebrate them. The prayers of our people is appreciated. Antuguans and Barbudans would continue to stand by you!

  2. Great News! Thank God for sustaining them and their families throughout this ordeal. Safe journey home fellas.

  3. So it doesn’t mean they are innoncent or guilty. Only they themselves know and would have to live with their conscience either ways.

  4. The Lord saud the battle is not for your to fight. Its his battle all we jave to do is pray without season . The more we pray the more he figjts fir us. Who God bless no man can curse. Bless the LORD LORD oh my soul and all that us within us.

  5. Great news congrats love this……but other that crime Jamaica got some beautiful ladies wow so the ones they export to the clubs are what

  6. Thank God our guys are innocent. Now it’s time to find the culprit. Not just sweeping it under the carpet.

  7. Let’s see who all is going to meet them at the airport in antigua, after abandoning these guys

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