Christopher “Dudus” Coke, Jamaica’s most notorious gang leader, has been sentenced to 23 years in a US prison.
Coke, who had provoked a state of war in Kingston in 2010 when he resisted arrest, was sentenced by a federal judge in New York. Last August, he had pleaded guilty over charges that included trafficking 3 tons of marijuana and 30 pounds of cocaine to the US.
The drug lord has also been order to pay $1.5 million as payback for the profit he made from his global trafficking operation, that had major hubs in Kingston, Miami and New York.
Coke’s sentencing has brought down the end of his 20 year reign in Jamaican political interests. Prior to turning himself in, he had been on the US department of justice’s list of the world’s most dangerous drug traffickers.
Coke’s reign was so large, that he had his own army of 200 soldiers and a makeshift jail to punish people. He had even organized schooling for poor local families, which helped in his popularity. But, despite this, Coke is also dangerous. He supposedly would cut people with chain saws.
After serving his sentence, Coke will be deported back to Jamaica.