Reputed Jamaican Drug Lord Surrenders

Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is in custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Suggested by Disillusioned
Posted Jun 22, 2010 6:46 PM CDT
Reputed Jamaican Drug Lord Surrenders
In this photo taken Thursday, May 20, a demonstrator displays a cardboard with a message in support of Christopher "Dudus" Coke during a march in Kingston.   (AP Photo/The Jamaica Gleaner, Ian Allen)

Reputed gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who eluded a bloody police offensive in his slum stronghold last month, surrendered to authorities outside Jamaica's capital today, 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.

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. He 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. (More Christopher "Dudus" Coke stories.)

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