Alleged drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke was arrested on Tuesday, June 22 outside Kingston, according to news reports.
Coke, 42, faces trial in New York on drug-trafficking and gunrunning charges. He is said to fear suffering the same fate as his father, a gang leader who died in a prison fire in 1992 while awaiting extradition to the U.S. on drug charges, according to The Associated Press.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington told CNN that the police high command was meeting Tuesday night with the police director of public prosecution to begin the process of extradition to the United States as soon as possible.
Ellington told the AP that Coke was caught at a police highway checkpoint, but added that other “circumstances of (Coke’s) arrest are being investigated.” He said police were acting on intelligence.
Authorities in Jamaica are seeking to avoid a repeat of the violence that stemmed from a failed attempt to arrest Coke last month. That effort led to four days of gun battles between security forces and Coke’s supporters, and left 76 people dead.
The Rev. Al Miller, an influential evangelical preacher who facilitated the surrender of Coke’s brother earlier this month, told The Associated Press that Coke was heading to surrender to authorities at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston when police stopped his convoy on a highway outside the capital.
Pictured above is Christopher “Dudus” Coke.