Acting on a tip, police captured Coke in St. Catherine parish on the outskirts of
Coke was in the company of the Rev.
“The police searched the vehicle that I was in and they recognized him and held him,” Miller said.
Police said Tuesday they are now seeking to arrest Miller, who was not taken in with Coke and remains at large.
The capture occurred two days after the police offered a
“I knew when they offered so much money, he would not be allowed to remain at-large too long,” a vendor in downtown
U.S. authorities initially requested the extradition of Coke in August after he was indicted in
Authorities met with resistance from Coke’s gang
members, with 73 civilians and three security force members killed in
gun battles. More than 900 suspects were arrested and held in the
Golding’s reluctance to arrest Coke had raised
suspicions that the leader was protecting him, and the bloody search
for Coke nearly cost Golding his job. Opponents, including former Prime
The case has focused scrutiny on the close relations
between some Jamaican politicians and so-called “dons,” or neighborhood
ward bosses, of whom Coke was the most powerful. As the
became a major drug-trafficking route in recent years, U.S. authorities
say that some dons, including Coke, became involved in illicit drugs
and other illegal activities, with some accruing more power and wealth
than their former political patrons.
Coke allegedly was the leader of the so-called Shower Posse, the most powerful Jamaican drug-smuggling gang, with members in
Coke’s father is a former Shower Posse boss who was burned to death in jail in 1992 before he could be extradited.
A state of emergency and curfew is still in effect for much of
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