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May 13, 2015

Rawell Pelayo Steps Down As F.F.B. Vice President

Rawell Pelayo

Embattled Second Vice President Rawell Pelayo has formally tendered his resignation to the executive of the Football Federation of Belize.  His official withdrawal comes one month after F.F.B. President Ruperto Vicente announced that the organization was expecting Pelayo to step down after being deported to Belize on April seventh.  The Orange Walk businessman had been incarcerated in the United States after being nabbed by immigration officials in Houston, Texas in July 2013 on drug trafficking charges.  While he had been indicted in absentia in a federal court in the State of New York, Pelayo was arrested and detained sometime later and was transferred to New York to answer to the charges.  Since his return to Belize, questions were raised concerning his status with the F.F.B.  Although his fate was never discussed openly during the F.F.B.’s ordinary congress on April thirteenth, it was anticipated that Pelayo would step down on his own.  The F.F.B. is yet to name a successor to replace Pelayo as Second Vice President.

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