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Powerful Jamaican Drug Lord Christopher Coke Arrives in U.S.

jamaica_mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Jamaican gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke, whose loyalty in his country set off a bloodletting after the U.S. came after him, was sent to New York on Thursday, the Associated Press reported.

Coke not only had plenty supporters in Jamaica, but in the U.S. as well.

Federal prosecutors filed court paper saying drug dealers from the U.S. regularly sent cash and goods to Coke as tribute payments. Coke was scheduled to make a court appearance in Manhattan Friday.

Coke was captured in Jamaica on Tuesday. After Jamaica announced it would agree to extradite Coke, the drug dealer’s followers clashed with government forces, resulting in 76 dead, AP reported.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Offers Jamaica Condolences for “Loss of Citizens and Law Enforcement Officials”

kingston mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. commented Thursday on the deadly effort to extradite Jamaican kingpin Christopher “Dudus”  Coke, and offered condolences to the Jamaican people for “the loss of the citizens and law enforcement officials who have been killed.”

“As the Jamaican government seeks to uphold the rule of law, the United States stands in support of its efforts to ensure public safety and to combat drug trafficking and other criminal activity,” Holder said at a State Department function on Carribean-U.S. Security. “And we honor our brave law enforcement partners for their service, sacrifice, and commitment to the cause of justice.”

Jamaican soldiers and police have been battling with gunmen who have been fighting in Kingston to prevent the extradition of Coke to New York.  As of Thursday, about 70 people had been killed including three police officer, the Associated Press reported. It said 28 police officers had been wounded.

“As we continue to monitor events in Jamaica, let me assure each of you that this effort is a top priority, not only for the Department of Justice, but also for the Departments of State, Homeland Security and Defense. And we are all proud to call you our partners.”

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