The United States government has made a formal request for the extradition of Jamaica Labour Party strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on alleged drug trafficking charges.
Coke is the leader of Tivoli Gardens, where residents are fiercely loyal to the ruling party. Details are sketchy, however, Coke is believed to be on a list of drug trafficking suspects wanted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.
Coke is son of the late Lester Lloyd Coke, otherwise known as Jim Brown, leader of the feared Shower Posse who died at the general penitentiary in the 1990s while awaiting extradition to the US for murder and drug trafficking.
Under existing conditions, the US request will be forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after which it is expected to be sent to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), then to the Attorney General’s Office and back to the DPP where arrests warrants are drawn up and sent to the police.