Alleged Jamaican Drug Lord Captured 1 Month After State of Emergency Declared

06/23/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Kingston, Jamaica—Christopher “Dudus” Coke, the alleged drug kingpin wanted for extradition to the United States, was captured on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Coke’s arrest came almost one month after police raided the Tivoli Gardens community in search of the notorious drug lord, according to information provided by NY1 and previous reports by Justice News Flash.

Reports indicated Coke, 41, might have been en route to the U.S. Embassy in Kingston to surrender when police apprehended him at a checkpoint. Coke, whom U.S. Prosecutors referred to as the leader of the “Shower Posse,” faces federal drug trafficking and gun-running charges. The “Shower Posse” was a clan that attacked and murdered hundreds during the cocaine wars of the 1980s.

Coke’s devoted gunmen blasted approximately five police stations, setting some ablaze on Sunday, May 23, 2010. They also carried out carjackings and went on a pillaging rampage throughout the island’s capital.

The upheaval prompted Jamaican officials to storm into Tivoli Gardens the next day, in which there were countless causalities resultant of the ceaseless gunfire and violence.

The U.S. State Department subsequently urged Americans to postpone vacations to Kingston and its adjacent cities. Minister Daryl Vaz also initially maintained, “This country is under siege by criminals and the time has come where it is going to be dealt with and this government is prepared to deal with it.”

A Jamaican-based newspaper reported Coke would allegedly relinquish his right to an extradition hearing.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Mass Casualty Lawyers.

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