Jamaican police say they have captured the alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke on the outskirts of Kingston. It is reported he was handed over by a local priest.
Coke is wanted for extradition to the United States on drugs charges and gun-running.
Last month, at least 73 people were killed in four days of gun battles when police and soldiers stormed the Tivoli Garden slum in Kingston. With many impoverished Kingston residents regarding him as a benefactor, they armed themselves and opposed his arrest.
The US claims Coke is the leader of the so called “Shower Posse” and, as such, is responsible for murdering scores of people during cocaine wars in the US in the 1980s.
Coke insists he is a legitimate businessman and a strong supporter of the ruling Labour party which had initially refused his extradition.