Suspected drug and gun trafficker Christopher “Dudus” Coke was at the center of at least 50 deaths in Kingston, Jamaica, as of May 26; but his involvement doesn’t include drug overdoses or illegal arms. The deaths are the result of battles between Jamaican citizens trying to protect him and government officials trying to capture and extradite him to the United States.
The U.S. says Coke is a cocaine and gun kingpin responsible for untold numbers of drug and gun deaths. Coke’s Kingston neighbors say he’s a benefactor to impoverished people.
The people trying to stop Coke’s extradition to New York know him as a kind man who tirelessly supports and assists a largely destitute population. To many in Kingston, he is a savior in a place where nobody else seems to care. Of course, families of cocaine addicts, gunshot casualties and overdose victims in the U.S. have a starkly different view.
In the U.S., people are angry at the devastation by which Coke is alleged to have built a fortune. In Kingston, people are incensed that someone is trying to kidnap and imprison the only one that is willing to spend a fortune to help them.
Well, guess I can cross Jamaica off the places that would still welcome an American tourist on vacation. Geez, this list is getting short.