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Newsline: Jamaican ‘drug baron’ held on way to embassy

The 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. Mr Coke was detained by police 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 Mr Coke, 42, had asked for his help in ensuring he could turn himself in at the U.S. 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 recognized him. According to Mr Miller, Mr 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. Mr Coke had eluded capture since Bruce Golding, Jamaica’s prime minister, finally agreed to U.S. requests for his extradition after nine months of defending a suspect regarded as a prominent supporter of the ruling Labour Party.



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