Jamaica: security forces storm ‘drugs lord’ stronghold

A state of emergency remains in place in parts of Kingston
Jamaican security forces are fighting with gunmen as the government attempts to take control of an alleged drug lord’s stronghold in the capital.
Gunfire erupted as troops and police stormed the Tivoli Gardens area to search for Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who is wanted in the US.
A soldier was killed. It follows two police deaths on Sunday.
Supporters of Mr Coke are fighting to stop his extradition to the US on drug and gun-running charges.
So far there is no indication that the security forces have been successful in tracking down their target in the warren-like slum.
Gunmen in the area are reported to be heavily armed. There are unconfirmed reports of civilian victims.  SEE MORE…

El narco que paralizó Jamaica

UNO DE LOS hombres más buscados del mundo, el presunto narcotraficante Christopher Coke, tiene a Jamaica sumergida en una ola de violencia durante los últimos días que ya ha cobrado la vida a más de 40 personas.
En 1969, en Jamaica, nacería un niño llamado Christopher Coke y hoy, 41 años después, es el terror de los organismos de seguridad de la isla.
De un barrio pobre de la capital, Kingston, surgió una mente siniestra que poco a poco y gracias al poder y al dinero que fue acumulando compró el pueblo y se camufló bajo un falso disfraz de Robin Hood.
Este capo del narcotráfico, según los organismos internacionales de seguridad, dirige un poderoso cartel que controla operaciones criminales no sólo en Jamaica sino en todo el Caribe, Estados Unidos e Inglaterra. VER MÁS….

Jamaica: Experts: Accused Jamaican drug lord akin to Robin Hood, Pablo Escobar

Christopher “Dudus” Coke, who controls the impoverished West Kingston enclaves now blockaded by gang members, is likened by experts to both Robin Hood and Pablo Escobar.

But comparisons to the hero of Sherwood Forest and the one-time Colombian kingpin are not mutually exclusive.

Coke, 41, rules via a combination of violence, corruption and philanthropy, experts say, and the unrest in the Jamaican capital this week is a result of competing interests: those who want him handed over for drug crimes versus those who consider him a benefactor.

“He lives in a poor area, and because of his sale of cocaine, he basically plays the Robin Hood role,” said Jamaican-born attorney David Rowe, a University of Miami adjunct professor with expertise in Jamaican extraditions.

Jamaicans, many of whom live in abject poverty in Kingston, are reluctant to help the government extradite Coke to the United States, experts say.

“They don’t know, if he’s extradited, who will be there for them. There are mothers wondering, ‘Who’s going to buy my child lunch?’ or ‘If I get sick, who’s going to pay my hospital bills?’ ” Rowe explained. SEE MORE…

Jamaica: Bloody Conflict Escalates

At least 26 people were said to be dead after a third day of violence in Kingston, Jamaica, as security forces assaulted the slum stronghold of armed

Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is wanted in the U.S

groups believed to be defending accused Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke.

Mr. Coke, the son of one of Jamaica’s most influential gang leaders, is fighting extradition to the U.S., where he is wanted on drug and gun-trafficking charges.

One member of the security forces had been killed and seven injured in the confrontation that broke out following Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s decision to extradite Mr. Coke, according to local media reports. Mr. Golding, perhaps fearing violence, had wavered on the extradition, but issued a warrant for Mr. Coke’s arrest last week.

Soldiers were on guard in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday. Armed police and soldiers barged past barricades into the capital’s most violent slums, clashing with defenders of a gang leader sought by the U.S. SEE MORE…