*(Via Yahoo/ABC News) – The Jamaican drug lord whose extradition sparked a minor civil war on the island country that took more than 70 lives was sentenced today to 23 years in an American prison.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke, leader of an international criminal organization known as the “Shower Posse” or the “Presidential Click,” had pleaded guilty in August to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of “conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.”
“From his home base in Jamaica, Christopher Coke presided over an international drug and weapons trafficking organization that he controlled through violence and intimidation for nearly two decades; enlisting an army of ‘soldiers’ to do his bidding,” New York U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement today. “With his conviction, he is no longer able to traffic drugs in the U.S., move guns across our border, or terrorize people, and with today’s sentence; he will now spend a very long time in prison for his crimes.”
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Christopher 'Dudus' Coke
*Christopher “Dudus” Coke, captured by Jamaican police Tuesday, was escorted by U.S. federal agents off a plane in suburban Westchester County, New York, at about 7 p.m. Thursday after his extradition from Jamaica.
Coke, who was wanted by the Southern District of New York on drug and weapons charges, was captured by Jamaican police on the outskirts of Kingston on Tuesday. He waived his right to judicial proceedings in Jamaica, according to a statement from the Justice Department, and was transferred to the custody of the U.S. Marshals service and the DEA.
U.S. Marshals, DEA agents and federal prosecutors had worked hand in hand with senior Jamaican military and police officials in an effort to effect Coke’s surrender and extradition. His attorney had contacted U.S. authorities on Monday advising that Coke was considering turning himself in to the U.S. It was the first communication that U.S. authorities had had with Coke’s attorney in several weeks.
Coke being fitted for helmet after capture
“We are relieved that Coke’s arrest and transfer to New York was not marked by the violence that had gripped the streets of Jamaica for so many days,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “We look forward to presenting our case to a jury in a Manhattan courtroom and bringing Coke to justice.”
More than 70 Jamaicans, including both civilians and security officers, died after Jamaican authorities began moving in on Coke’s barricaded West Kingston neighborhood in an attempt to capture him late last month. The U.S. has wanted to extradite Coke since 2009, but the Jamaican government had resisted until May.
The alleged Jamaican drug kingpin and accused leader of the notorious Jamaican Shower Posse was captured after a vehicle he was traveling in was intercepted by the police on a Jamaican highway. Though he was wearing a wig, glasses and women’s clothing as a disguise, officers recognized him at a checkpoint.
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Christopher 'Dudus' Coke
*Finally that notorious Jamaican kingpin has been arrested. It happened Tuesday.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke has been avoiding authorities for some time and has managed to get away.
But his fortune turned around when he was intercepted at a police checkpoint while he was reported en route to the U.S. Embassy to respond to a warrant for his arrest.
It was no easy task taking the alleged drug lord down. It has been a month long bloody pursuit. It finally ended when police followed up on a tip and stopped his convoy, which included a well-known pastor Rev. Al Miller.
“The Police High Command has raised the threat level from criminal violence against the Jamaica Constabulary Force to extremely high, meaning that attacks are expected imminently…based on intelligence suggesting that detained and displaced criminals as well as other criminals are planning attacks on security personnel and assets.”
Coke is also known in New York and is currently facing drug trafficking and gunrunning charges. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has labeled him the “world’s most dangerous narcotics kingpins.”
The Prime Minister of Jamaica, Bruce Golding, urged the U.S. to sign an extradition warrant some time ago. As a result, terrible violence swept through Kingston, leaving more than 100 people dead and structural damages totally to over $100 million.
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*(Via TheDailyBeast.com) Twenty years ago, American authorities had Jamaica’s most feared drug lord in their hands. In 1988, the aptly named Christopher Coke, aka “Dudus,” was convicted of possession of stolen property in North Carolina.
But instead of being sent to an American prison, he was deported to Jamaica.
Since his return to the island, Dudus has cultivated an almost messianic following among his supporters in the West Kingston neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens.
So when Jamaican authorities announced last week that they would extradite Dudus to the U.S., people took to the streets in protest, brandishing signs that read “Jesus died for us, we will die for Dudus.”
Die, they have. Over 70 people have been killed in Jamaica since the capital erupted in violence early this week-Dudus supporters had reportedly been stockpiling weapons since the extradition request was revealed last August, and now they’re putting them to use.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke is the heir to a powerful crime family with a history of trouble in the United States. He is the alleged head of a criminal gang known as the Shower Posse, and is sought by the U.S. government on charges of drug and gun smuggling.
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*The situation in Jamaica is still a mess. Police there say they have over 500 people in custody after three days of violence in Kingston, but still no sign of drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.
As fighting to flush him out spilled into the street, the city’s residents were trapped in their own homes while the civilian death toll climbed to 44 on Wednesday.
“They complained that they were bottled up inside the buildings that were cleared,” public defender Earl Witter said of Kingston’s residents. “There was no running water, bodily waste was stored in pails.”
Coke, 42, is wanted on drugs and gun-running charges in the United States, where he would face a life sentence if convicted.
When the operation to hunt him down launched on Monday, his supporters threw up barricades of sandbags, cars, and barbed wire to stop more than 2,000 soldiers and police.
But Wednesday, authorities brought in bulldozers to clear them in an effort to return life in the city to normal.
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*When you think of a nation going to war its usually not over some low life in a neighborhood. But Jamaica’s underworld has started a war with local police and has literally taken up arms against them.
They have put up barricades, set a police department on fire with molotov cocktails and have been seen with high-powered weaponry in the streets.
All of this confusion to keep a druglord in action by keeping him from being extradited to the U.S. According to MSNBC, thugs have turned the communities of Kingston upside down over a druglord named Christopher “Dudus” Coke. (more…)