Jamaican drug lord jailed for 23 years
Saturday 09 June 2012
A US federal judge yesterday sentenced Jamaican drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke, pictured, to 23 years in prison, ending a long struggle by US authorities to lock up a powerful figure who had evaded capture with the aid of Jamaican authorities.
Coke, 43, was given the maximum sentence in Manhattan's US District Court following a deal in which he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and assault charges.
Judge Robert Patterson chose to give Coke the maximum allowable sentence – 20 years on the trafficking charge and three on the assault – and have them run consecutively. Coke's lawyer, Stephen Rosen, said he would not appeal the sentence.
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