Deadly Shower Posse gang has deep ties to Toronto

Alleged leader of Jamaica-based drug gang unleashes violence in Kingston just one month after a dozen members arrested here.

The Shower Posse, a notorious Jamaican gang whose alleged leader is at the centre of Kingston’s recent rash of violence, has had ties to Toronto for the past 20 years.

Christopher “Dudus” Coke, said to be the current leader of the gang, which trades in guns and drugs worldwide, is resisting extradition to the U.S. The fatal gun violence in Jamaica’s capital city is reportedly the result of Coke’s protectors defending his hiding place.

On Monday soldiers and police stormed a Kingston slum, trading gunfire with Coke’s supporters. At least four people have been killed, including two policemen, one soldier and a civilian, and several others were wounded in two days of violence.

The government declared a state of emergency on Sunday in volatile sections of the capital as Prime Minister Bruce Golding vowed “strong and decisive action” to restore order.

The limited emergency in Jamaica, a popular Caribbean tourism destination, covered districts where gunmen shot up or set fire to five police stations and carried out carjackings and looting on Sunday.

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