Christopher "Dudus" Coke, also know as the "Kingston Kingpin," is the notorious longtime leader of the international Shower Posse gang. His operation transported drugs to major American cities, sold them for massive profits and purchased weapons on the black market to export back to his native country, Jamaica. In June 2012, Coke received a 23-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, on March 13, 1969, the youngest son of Lester Lloyd Coke and Patricia Halliburton, Christopher Michael Coke is the notorious longtime leader of the violent, international gang known as the Shower Posse—founded by his father, Lester, in Jamaica in the 1980s. After his father's death in 1990, a 21-year-old Christopher Coke took over as the group's leader.
Known on the streets by such monikers as "Dudus" and the "Kingston Kingpin," Coke's operation transported drugs from Jamaica to major American cities, sold them for massive profits and purchased weapons on the black market to export back to his native country. Coke used his criminal wealth and prosperity to win the hearts of his community and influence their political affiliations. Such power propelled him from a Kingpin to a political pawn, and when the United States government attempted to have the beloved gangster extradited, a civil war broke out to protect him.
Arrest and Extradition to the U.S.
In 2010, Coke was arrested on drug charges and extradited to the United States, spurring violent acts of protest among his Jamaican supporters. In August 2011, Coke pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; he was sentenced to 23 years in prison—the maximum sentence for those charges—in June 2012. He was also ordered to pay a $1.5 million forfeiture fine.
After Coke's sentencing, Preet Bharara, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, issued the following statement: "From his home base in Jamaica, Christopher Coke presided over an international drug and weapons trafficking organization that he controlled through violence and intimidation for nearly two decades; enlisting an army of 'soldiers' to do his bidding. With his conviction, he is no longer able to traffick drugs in the U.S., move guns across our border or terrorize people, and with today's sentence; he will now spend a very long time in prison for his crimes."
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