Christopher Coke

Jamaican Drug Lord

Christopher Michael Coke, also known as Dudus, is a convicted Jamaican drug lord and the leader of the Shower Posse, a violent drug gang started by his father Lester Coke in Jamaica, which exported "large quantities" of marijuana and cocaine into the United States. 

Born: March 13, 1969 (age 51 years), Tivoli Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica

Other name: Dudus, Paul Christopher Scott, Presi, President, General, Shortman, Omar Clark

Criminal status: Serving a 23-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution, Fort Dix

ChildrenMichael Christopher Coke

SiblingsLeighton CokeCamille Coke

ParentsLester Lloyd CokePatricia Halliburton Coke

Due to their father's drug profits, Coke and his siblings grew up amidst wealth and attended elite private schools. His sister and brother were killed in drug-related violence, in 1987 and 2004, respectively. Coke was gradually brought into his father's organization.

After his father's death in 1992, Coke, at the age of 23, became leader of the gang and the de facto leader of the Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston. He developed community programs to help the poor and had so much local support that Jamaican police were unable to enter this neighborhood without community consent.

Coke was arrested on drug charges and extradited to the United States in 2010. His arrest had provoked violence among Coke's supporters in West Kingston. In 2011, Coke pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in connection with drug trafficking and assault. On 8 June 2012, he was sentenced by a Federal Court in New York to 23 years in federal prison.

Searching For The Dummy

The mayhem started late Sunday May 23, 2010 as armed men brazenly took on the security forces in a sustained attack on police stations in anticipation of the attempt to apprehend strongman Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

It ended three days later, leaving dozens dead in its wake.

Much of downtown Kingston was locked tight for most of Sunday, denying motorists access to the island's central business district.

Men believed to be from west Kingston, joined by scores of young men from other communities, all declared their loyalty to Coke as they sealed all entrances to Tivoli Gardens by blocking roads with debris, vehicles and sandbags.

For most of the day, sporadic gunfire shattered the serenity of the nearby May Pen Cemetery as heavily armed men guarded the barricades and maintained vigilance atop high-rise buildings.

They were prepared to do battle as news spread that the security forces were planning to storm the community and extract 'The President'.