Jamaica: Another battle in an unwinnable war

The bloody hunt for a gang leader shows that the mafias’ roots in society and politics run deep
THE prime minister, Bruce Golding, had good reason to stall when the United States requested the extradition of Christopher “Dudus” Coke on drug and gun charges last August. The Shower Posse gang Mr Coke allegedly runs—so named for showering its foes with bullets—is based in Mr Golding’s own constituency in Tivoli Gardens, in the west of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. The gang’s weapons are of military calibre and it has the loyalty of local residents. Any attempt to apprehend Mr Coke would surely cause widespread violence. SEE MORE…


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