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Thursday, 24 June 2010

Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com

Jamaican to Face Charges in New York - NYTimes.com: "Christopher Coke, a reputed gang leader from Jamaica accused of running a major smuggling operation of drugs and guns in the United States, was scheduled to be flown to New York from Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, on Thursday after waiving his right to an extradition hearing in Jamaican courts, officials said. Alleged gang leader Christopher Coke wore a wig and hat in this mug shot after his arrest in Jamaica.
Disguises May Have Helped Jamaican Drug Lord Elude Arrest (June 24, 2010) Appearing briefly before a Jamaican magistrate, Mr. Coke, dressed casually and speaking in a soft voice, agreed to forgo a legal challenge and to face trial in federal district court in Manhattan.
“We look forward to this process unfolding swiftly, we hope,” said Rebecca Park, a spokeswoman at the United States Embassy in Kingston.
In a statement released by his lawyers, Mr. Coke said he would vigorously fight the charges and expected to return to Jamaica a free man. He said he was not challenging his extradition because he wanted to put an end to the bloodshed the country has experienced since an arrest warrant was issued for him late last month."


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