Let us take a trip down memory lane as we remember Christopher “Dudus” Coke, a man considered to be one of “The World’s Most Dangerous Drug Kingpin”.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke was the leader of the famous Shower Posse, a well-known gang that controlled the West Kingston community known as Tivoli Gardens, Jamaica. It is alleged that the gang got their name from their brutality as they are known for “showering” their opponents with bullets. This gang is believed to be strongly aligned to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) which then Prime Minister Bruce Golding was the Member of Parliament (MP) responsible for that constituency.
“Dudus” influence was so significant that the entrances to the Tivoli Gardens community were blocked with barricades and guarded by heavily armed men who placed restrictions on who could enter, including the police force. Persons referred to this governing as being a “state within a state”.
At the age of 23, “Dudus” inherited the gang after the death of his father from a prison fire in 1992. Lester Lloyd Coke more famously known as “Jim Brown” was the reputed leader of the Shower Posse gang. However, even after his death, his legacy reigned and grew even stronger. “Dudus” gained the attention of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and was placed on their radar after committing drug-related crimes and homicides throughout the U.S.
An intensive investigation was launched by the DEA which took over 5 years and it is reported that the US Government gave the Jamaican police over Three million dollars to aid in their investigation. This investigation involved police in Jamaica running wiretaps on “Dudus”.
In 2010, after an extradition request from the DEA in 2009, an American military spy plane circled the air as soldiers fired mortar shells into the Tivoli Gardens community that fatally killed over 70 civilians while wounding several others. This invasion ensued a battle that lasted over two days between Jamaica’s military and the police force against heavily armed vigilantes reported to be aligned to the Shower Posse.
After five weeks of evading the authorities, “Dudus” was eventually captured and arrested on the Mandela Highway, where he was wearing a wig and women’s glasses in a car. It is believed that “Dudus” used the tactic of cross-dressing to elude the police.
On the 8 of June 2012, Christopher “Dudus” Coke was sentenced to 23 years in prison where he pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with drug trafficking and assault. His release date is January 25, 2030.
Watch the mini-documentary on Coke below.