|Christopher “Dudus’’ Coke had eluded deadly raid.|
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Reputed gang leader Christopher “Dudus’’ Coke, who eluded a bloody police offensive in his slum stronghold last month, surrendered to authorities outside Jamaica’s capital yesterday, local news media reported.
Coke has been called one of the world’s most dangerous drug lords by US authorities and faces trial in New York on drug and arms trafficking charges. One Jamaican newspaper said he was prepared to waive his right to an extradition hearing.
He surrendered nearly a month after 76 people were killed during a four-day assault by Jamaican police and soldiers on the West Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens, which is Coke’s base.
Also known as “President’’ to the people of his slum, Coke served as community leader and enforcer in an area the government acknowledges it has long neglected.
The Jamaica Observer said Coke walked into a police station in St. Catherine Parish yesterday afternoon accompanied by the Rev. Al Miller, an evangelical preacher who facilitated the surrender of the fugitive’s brother earlier this month.
Miller and police commanders did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding, whose Jamaica Labor Party has long counted on the support of gunmen inside Tivoli Gardens, opposed the extradition request for nine months before reversing himself under growing public pressure that threatened his political career.