Alleged Jamaican Drug Lord Captured

06.23.10 |

The manhunt for an alleged Jamaican drug lord has ended peacefully. Christopher "Dudus" Coke was arrested at a road checkpoint on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday. The Jamaican capital erupted in gun battles when officials tried to take Coke into custody last month, resulting in the deaths of at least 76 people. This time, police say he chose to go quietly and without violence. A local minister who was in the vehicle with Coke said the 42-year-old fugitive was on his way to turn himself in at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston at the time of his arrest. Coke is believed to be the leader of a violent drug cartel -- the Shower Posse -- that allegedly smuggles vast amounts of cocaine into the United States and is thought to have been behind hundreds of murders during the 1980s. U.S. officials want to extradite him to stand trial in New York on drug and weapons trafficking charges.