Former associate testifies against Jamaican drug lord Coke
By Dialogo May 23, 2012
NEW YORK CITY — Jamaican gangster Jermaine Cohen, a.k.a. “Cowboy,” said on May 22 in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan that his former boss, drug kingpin Christopher Coke, ruled an area of the capital of Kingston with a vicious army of gunmen.
Coke, widely known as “Dudus,” ran the Tivoli Gardens area as a personal fiefdom and a base for local crime and international drug trafficking.
Cohen told the court in New York that anyone getting in Coke’s way, or committing crimes that had not been given the green light, was punished.
“People got beaten, sir, got shot up and killed,” he said.
Cohen, 37, is testifying against Coke, his former mentor, in a hearing before U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson decides on a sentence for the drug lord.
Prosecutors want the maximum 23 years, while the defense wants a reduced sentence.
Coke was extradited to the United States last year after a ferocious gun battle that left scores dead in the Tivoli Gardens area.
[AFP, 22/05/2012; Jamaica-gleaner.com (Jamaica), 23/05/2012]