Bail for second ABFA official on drug charges in Jamaica

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Equipment manager for the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Danny Benjamin has been granted $500,000 (Jamaica dollars) bail on drug charges that he and his colleague, Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, are facing in Jamaica following their arrest on March 26. Edwards got $200,000 bail a week ago.
However, a source in Jamaica told our newsroom that Benjamin, 48, and Edwards, 49, are now under house arrest – a jail of sorts but in a more comfortable environment with more room space and no grilled bars or other prisoners to contend with.
The source, who was said to be in court when the bail conditions were set for Benjamin yesterday, said the sum for bail was $500,000 Jamaica dollars or approximately EC $11,000. 
The source said the ABFA made it possible for the two accused officials to receive the sureties needed to facilitate the bail and release.
While under house arrest, food and other necessities will be taken to the men as they await their next court appearance set for May 4.
The source said, “The file is not ready from the prosecution so the judge put back the case until the 4th of next month. She is trying to get it to another court so they can speed it up, so maybe they can do it before the 4th.”
The two well-known officials were arrested a day after the Benna Boys’ 1-1 draw with the Reggae Boys at Sabina Park, when their bags were searched and the marijuana was found at the Norman Manley International Airport. This occurred as the team was checking in for their flight home.
They were later charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja and conspiracy, after they were interviewed in the presence of their attorneys.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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