Jamaican drug baron Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke lost round one in his legal battle with the United States government. A US judge denied his lawyer’s motion to prevent wiretapping evidence to be used for his upcoming trial in New York on September 12th.
The wiretap evidence allegedly contains conversations between Coke and his cohorts talking about moving drug shipments between the United States and Jamaica.
Coke’s lawyers want the evidence dismissed on the grounds that it was illegally obtained by US prosecutors from Jamaican authorities, and is a breach of Coke’s Fifth Amendment rights.
Prosecutors disagree, and state that all evidence has been legally obtained due to an agreement allowing the US and Jamaica to share information.
US prosecutors are trying to convict Coke on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana, cocaine, and trafficking firearms.
ABOUT: Christopher “Dudus” Coke is the son of drug lord Lester Lloyd Coke. As the son of a prominent drug lord, Coke grew up wealthy, going to school with children of the country’s political elite. At the age of 22, however, the death of his father and his older brother left him in charge of the Shower Posse. Ruling the gang where his father left off, he also became a leader in the community of Tivoli Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica. He was known for distributing money to the area’s poor, creating employment and setting up community centers.