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547973_10151396894598338_580022802_nTonight the former Vice President of the Football Federation of Belize and Chairman of the National Team Committee is back at home enjoying the comforts of his home here in Orange Walk after spending more than a year behind bars at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York facing charges for narcotics smuggling to the US.

As mentioned last night Rawell Pelayo was deported to Belize yesterday and after his papers were processed at the Queen Street Police Station in Belize City he was released. He declined giving an interview to the media but did state that he would hold a press conference in the near future and that he was happy to be back home.

Up to yesterday information indicating under which circumstances Pelayo was released was hard to come by but we have some tonight. As previously reported even before Pelayo applied and was given his Visa to accompany Belize’s National Football Team to the first round of the Gold Cup back in July of 2013 and indictment dating April 12th 2012 had already been filed against Pelayo aka “Berto”, Jesus Cortina Castillo aka “Jose” and “Don R” and Riquelio Arias aka “Kike” and “Willington”.

Court papers show that the men were being accused of smuggling narcotics into the US in October 2010 up to May 2011. When it comes to Pelayo court papers show that he was being accused of participating in a discussion with others during which he discussed a plan to send a quantity of cocaine to New York, New York. The conversation allegedly took place in Mexico on or about December 30th 2012. The controlled substance involved five kilograms and more of mixtures and substances containing a detectable amount of cocaine.

Court documents show that Rawell Pelayo did go through a hearing at the United States District Court Southern District of New York on June 30th 2014 where he plead guilty to count one of the superseding information pursuant to an agreement with the Government. Count One of the superseding information charges the individual with a conspiracy to violate the narcotics laws of the United States.

Court documents show that during the hearing Pelayo confessed that he attended a meeting to introduce a drug buyer to a potential drug dealer. The meeting took place in Cancun Mexico.

According to Pelayo the drug buyer only stated that he wanted to buy drugs and that he was from New York. During the hearing Pelayo stated that it was his believe that the drugs would be sent to New York.

He stated that he was going through serious financial problems and that motivated him to make the move. Documents show that while Pelayo admitted to attending the meeting he is unaware if quote “Any deal took place or if anything happened between the two people or if anything occurred”. According to Pelayo’s statement he never received any money for his participation in the meeting.

At the end of the hearing Pelayo was sentenced to 24 months imprisonment. The Judge told Pelayo that the hope was that he had learned from the experience and was even wished well upon his deportation to Belize.

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