FFB Vice-President still detained by US authorities

vlcsnap-2013-07-25-08h04m47s247Information reaching PLUS News is that vice-president of the Football Federation of Belize (FFB), Rawell Pelayo, is still in the U.S., but now in New York where he faces charges of conspiracy to transport narcotics. According to the document, which was filed in the United States District Court Southern District of New York by Attorney Preet Bharara on April 12th of 2012. The Grand Jury is charging Pelayo for knowingly and intentionally conspiring with others to violate the narcotics law of the United States. The allegation against Pelayo and the others is that they imported five kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. but following that allegation the indictment further states that on December 13 of 2010, Pelayo, participated in a discussion with others during which he discussed a plan to send a quantity of cocaine to New York. Because he is accused of committing the controlled substance offense, Pelayo property could be seized. The penalty claim says the defendant shall surrender to the United States property obtained directly or indirectly as a result of the violation and all property used or intended to be used to commit and facilitate the commission of the narcotics violation alleged in the indictment.  We understand that his family continues to be in the dark as Pelayo was taken by personnel of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at Houston Bush International Airport when traveling with the Belize national team to the CONCACAF Gold Cup two weeks ago. We are told that when he went to get his visa for the trip the passport was held by embassy authorities here and he had to sign a waiver clearing them of any blame if he ran into trouble. He wanted to be with the team so he agreed. The said case has been building against him for the past three – four years.

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