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Jamaican drug lord gets up to 23 years in prison

first_img NEW YORK CITY — A U.S. court sentenced Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke to 23 years in prison on June 8, bringing the curtain down on the career of one of the Caribbean’s most notorious gangsters. Coke, 43, had pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering following his 2010 extradition from Jamaica. In addition to the sentence passed in New York federal court by Judge Robert Patterson, Coke was sentenced to 4 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $1.5 million in forfeiture. He is responsible for multiple murders and years of cocaine, crack and marijuana trafficking that he presided over in his Kingston stronghold. The head prosecutor for Manhattan, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, said Coke’s crime empire had finally crumbled. “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,” Bharara said. “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.” Coke led a powerful gang called the Presidential Click with members in the United States and other countries, who helped supply firearms and sell drugs manufactured in Jamaica. Coke was put on the U.S. list of the world’s most dangerous narcotics traffickers and was finally arrested in June 2010, and extradited to New York. His arrest was accomplished only after Jamaican police fought a pitched battle with his Shower Posse gunmen in the Tivoli Gardens area of Kingston. [AFP, 09/08/2012; Justice.gov, 08/06/2012] By Dialogo June 11, 2012last_img read more