Wrong man charged?

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Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, assistant coach of the Antigua and Barbuda national football team, may have been set up when he was arrested along with equipment coordinator, Danny Benjamin at the Norman Manley International Airport in Jamaica last week.
That’s according to reports coming out of a Jamaica news agency which quotes an official from Antigua. The two men were questioned and by Wednesday they were charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps to export ganja, and conspiracy.
“I don’t know anything about the involvement of Danny (Benjamin) and I just cannot comment on that because I don’t know the man, but I know for sure that ‘Pretty Boy’ is innocent,” a high-ranking member of the Antigua and Barbuda football fraternity is quoted in the Jamaica media, as saying
According to the official, he would not swear for anybody else, but he knows that Edwards “is not one that would get mixed up in those things. He is a clean and decent man who has represented his country over the years with distinction, and I know too well, that at this stage in his life, he would never go and mess up himself like this,” the official said.
According to reports, Edwards was bewildered that his luggage was found to contain the drug in two rectangular packages, said to weigh a shade under four pounds. Since his arrest, many of Edwards’ colleagues have said he is not known to be involved in either smoking or selling of ganja or any other substance, including tobacco, inside or outside of the tiny Eastern Caribbean island.
Word later emerged that the drug belonged to someone else in the squad, who has since flown back to Antigua, where officials reportedly claim they are aware of who the drug belonged to and were conducting further investigations in respect of the individual.
On Thursday, Parish Judge Vaughn Smith refused Benjamin bail on the basis of a statement by the investigating officer that he had been seen on a surveillance camera at the team’s hotel in the room that stored the travelling bags of team members, and had even packed what appeared to be clothes in one of them.
The judge, however, granted bail to 49-year-old Edwards, who has been allowed to stay with officials of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) during the time of his bail.
 

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