74 F
Belize City
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Home Sports In light of drug conviction, FFB Vice-President, Rawell Pelayo, resigns

In light of drug conviction, FFB Vice-President, Rawell Pelayo, resigns

BELMOPAN, Wed. May 13, 2015–The Football Federation of Belize (FFB), today sent out a short press release to note that its former senior vice president, Rawell Pelayo, has tendered his resignation from that post.

Without going into details regarding the circumstances surrounding his departure, the federation mentioned that Pelayo resigned last Saturday, May 8, after being offered the opportunity to “devote time to his family” and “submit his resignation at his own free will.”

Pelayo – who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit narcotics trafficking in a New York courtroom on June 30, 2014 – was deported to Belize a month ago, on April 7, after spending 21 months behind bars.

The conviction, which is in contravention of FFB statutes, disqualified the well-known Orange walk resident and FFB Executive member from the organization, which had been considering his expulsion, but later decided to allow him a more orderly exit via resignation.

The FFB concluded its release by stating that the post of vice president “will be filled by someone within the football family” which, we understand, will take place at an FFB Extraordinary Congress that should be held in the near future.

In July 2013, Pelayo was detained by US federal agents at the George W. Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas, while travelling with the Belize National Football Team to the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament which was being held in Portland, Oregon at the time.

He later made a plea bargain in June of 2014, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to facilitate the sale of 500 grams of cocaine, and was later sentenced to 24 months in prison in October of that year.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Sentencing of Danny Mason and co-convicted men delayed

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 9, 2020-- There was an apparent mix-up this morning for the scheduled sentencing of William Danny Mason and the four...

UB union takes it to the streets

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 9, 2020-- Today, Thursday, members and supporters of the UB Faculty and Staff Union (UBFSU) took to the streets of...

Cops will not be working at nightclubs

BELIZE CITY, Wed. July 8, 2020-- The Police Department will no longer be allowing its officers to work at nightclubs. The announcement was made...

Naiveté

Dear Editor, I’m not a fan of editorials, whether they originate from the editorial staff, or are styled as “Letters to the Editor”. Sometimes it’s...