Monday 11 December 2017

Jamaica drug boss held on way to embassy

Tom Leonard in New York

Alleged Jamaican drug baron Christopher "Dudus" Coke has been arrested in Kingston on his way to hand himself in to the American embassy after a month-long manhunt.

Coke was detained by police on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Jamaican capital more than a month after the government's announcement that it would help to extradite him to America sparked four days of violence in which 76 people were killed.

The Rev Al Miller, a local evangelical preacher, said Coke (42) had asked for his help in ensuring he could turn himself in at the US embassy without falling into the hands of the local police.

However, the car carrying Mr Miller and Mr Coke, reportedly wearing a wig as disguise, was stopped at a checkpoint and officers recognised him.

According to Mr Miller, Coke intends to waive his rights to an extradition hearing so he can go to New York to be tried on drug and gun trafficking charges.

Owen Ellington, the island's police commissioner, urged Mr Coke's supporters -- most living in the slum where he held sway -- to remain calm and allow the law to take its course. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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