By Randy Economy
June 23, 2010
This island paradise is once again in an official "State of Emergency" today now that wanted drug king pin and mega-fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke was arrested on Monday afternoon.
I have several hundred daily readers in Jamaica and thousands more here in the USA and other parts of the world who are following these events. I am suppose to be leaving for Kingston in the next couple of weeks to begin work on my book about the life and good works of Catholic Msgr. Gregory Ramkissoon and the Mustard Seed Communities. I will keep you posted on that later. In the meantime....
On Monday, here is how the whole set of events took place:
- Dudus was arrested by police at a checkpoint on the Mandela Highway. The police were acting on intelligence. Dudus was wearing a woman's dress, and wig and makeup (drag wear, boys and girls) and was supposedly heading to the United States Embassy to turn himself into American authorities when he was "found out."
- Officials are "hopeful" about agreeing to a court date with the DPP within 48 hours.
- Dudus was physically well when arrested.
- Commissioner wants Dudus' friends, family, supporters to remain calm. Dudus has literally tens of thousands of supporters and law enforcement officers throughout this island nation supporting and "working" for him.
- Rev. Al Miller was with Dudus when he was arrested, but the police let Miller go. The PHC asked Miller to immediately turn himself in at any police station. He was a major person of interest on a criminal matter currently being investigated by the police. Miller accompanied Coke when he turned himself in at the police station.
- Dudus transferred from St Catherine to a 'secure facility', commissioner says. (Didn't take them long to get him from "point A to point B, so to speak.")
- Commissioner declined to answer whether $5 million reward has been paid out or who will get the massive pay out.
- Commissioner says 'all individuals' are being investigated re attacks on police leading to State of Emergency.
- Commissioner says circumstances of Dudus' arrest under investigation.
The son of one of the Caribbean island's most legendary dons, Coke built his own name as a businessman, a political player - and chief of the "Shower Posse," a group named not for cleanliness but for showering bullets on foes. Coke's gang effectively controlled Tivoli Gardens, a ramshackle part of western Kingston where he created a mini-economy providing both livelihoods and protection to residents desperately seeking both.
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