A Jamaican drug kingpin described by United States authorities as among the world’s most dangerous drug dealers yesterday pleaded guilty to racketeering and assault charges
Christopher Coke admitted his leadership in an international criminal organisation that delivered drugs across the world for more than 10 years.
Coke entered the plea in US District Court in Manhattan to charges that carry a penalty of up to 23 years in prison, much less than the possible life sentence he could have faced on the original charges laid against him.
He will be sentenced on December 8.
He said he was the leader and organiser of the Presidential Click organisation, which authorities said had distributed drugs worldwide since 1994.
Wearing a wig and travelling in a preacher’s car, Coke was arrested by Jamaican authorities at a police checkpoint in June last year and extradited to the United States.
A hunt for him in his slum stronghold in the Tivoli Gardens area of inner-city Kingston in May last year led to a confrontation that killed 73 civilians and three security officers over four days of fighting.