Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Fugitive Jamaican 'drugs lord' Christopher Coke held

Reputed gang leader Christopher 'Dudus' Coke has reportedly surrendered to authorities in Jamaica (AP)

Reputed gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who eluded a bloody police offensive in his slum stronghold last month, has surrendered to authorities in Jamaica, local news media reported.

Coke has been called one of the world's most dangerous drug lords by US authorities and faces trial in New York on drug and arms trafficking charges.

One Jamaican newspaper said he was prepared to waive his right to an extradition hearing.

His surrender came nearly a month after 76 people were killed during a four-day assault by Jamaican police and soldiers on the West Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens, which is Coke's base.

Also known as "President" to the people of his slum, Coke served as community leader and enforcer in the gritty neighbourhood in an area that the government acknowledges it has long neglected.

The Jamaica Observer said Coke walked into a police station in St Catherine parish on Tuesday afternoon accompanied by the Rev Al Miller, an evangelical preacher who facilitated the surrender of the fugitive's brother earlier this month.

The Spanish Town police station where Coke was reportedly being held was surrounded by heavily armed security forces.

Coke is wanted in New York on charges that he trafficked cocaine and marijuana as well as weapons between his Caribbean island and the United States.

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