Christopher Coke Sentenced to 23 Years in Jail
11 months ago
His narcotics trafficking organization reportedly left more than 70 dead.
Jamaican druglord Christopher M. Coke was sentenced to 23 years in prison today, according to the New York Times.
Coke, whose extradition to the U.S. in 2010 followed a furious manhunt, led to the death of more than 70 people in his home country.
The 43-year-old pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges in August of last year. He admitted to leading a narcotics trafficking organization that included upward of 200 soldiers. They distributed crack cocaine in Jamaica and New York.
“I’m a good person and I’ve done a lot of good deeds,” Coke told U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson in Manhattan today.
Prosecutors claimed that Coke's organization was so powerful that he enjoyed “virtual immunity from the reach of law enforcement.”
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“Coke assumed the role of judge, jury and at times, executioner,” the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan wrote to Judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. in a memorandum this week.
He reportedly used a power saw, hatchet or gun to butcher and kill people who owed him money or had stolen from his group.