Christopher “Dudus” Coke Arrested In Jamaica After Month-Long Manhunt
June 23, 2010 By Staff
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Commissioner of Police Owen Ellington said in a press conference on Tuesday that Coke is in a secure facility and the Jamaican government hoped to begin legal proceedings against him within the next two days.
The details of Coke’s arrest remain sketchy, but he appears to have been stopped just outside Kingston at a police checkpoint. Coke was accompanied by Reverend Al Miller at the time of his arrest, but Miller was released.
ABC News reports that Jamaican authorities are ready to extradite him to the U.S. so that he can face trial in New York, where he has been indicted for charges including drug and arms trafficking.
The arrest follows an episode of violence last month that began after the Jamaican government signed an extradition request for Coke from the United States on May 18. Suspected drug gang members attacked three police stations, setting one of them ablaze with molotov cocktails, prompting the government to declare a month-long state of emergency.
Jamaican authorities then entered the neighborhood of Tivoli Gardens in Kingston in order to arrest Coke, and encountered resistance. More than 70 people died in the ensuing conflict, prompting allegations from residents and human rights groups that the police had used force indiscriminately.
The Jamaican government had offered a $5 million reward for Coke’s arrest, according to The Jamaica Observer.
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