‘Dudus’ comes clean in New York court

| 01/09/2011

(Gleaner): Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is facing a maximum 23 years behind bars following a guilty plea in New York Wednesday. The 42-year-old pleaded guilty before US District judge Robert P. Patterson. Coke, who was extradited to the US on June 24, last year to answer drug and firearm charges, will be sentenced on 8 December.  Court documents released by a United States press office stated that the former Tivoli Gardens don confessed to racketeering conspiracy in the US and conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering. "The defendant hereby acknowledges that he has accepted this agreement and decided to plead guilty because he is in fact guilty," the plea document signed by Coke states.

It added that, "By entering this plea of guilty, the defendant waives any and all right to withdraw his plea or to attack his conviction either on direct appeal or collaterally, on the grounds that the government has failed to produce any discovery material."

On the racketeering-conspiracy charge, Coke faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a maximum term of five years' supervised release, and a maximum fine of $250,000, or twice the pecuniary gain from the offence.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Dudas has admitted his involvement in the shower posse gang, for this alone he should be sentenced to a life sentence.  For those people making excuses for him do you have any idea of the crimes and suffering that this ruthless gang has inflicted on innocent people?  This gang of criminals have unleashed violence on Canada, USA, UK, Europe, the wider caribbean and Jamaica in the 80's, and 90's that still make innocent people afraid.  There were indiscriminate shooting in clubs in Miami, shoot outs in day light in parks all over the USA where innocent families and children visited, murders of innocent people just to get their message across.  This man in my opinion deserves the least 600 year in prison if not the DP.

  2. Anonymous says:

    He should wear his wig in Jail

  3. Anonymous says:

    Coke and his kind are drug dealing scum who have ruined the live of thousands…Why are we trying to find excuses for him.

    I like many people also help my community…without drug distribution guns and murder.

    • Anonymous2 says:

      I think many people are learning that there is little difference between a criminal, politician, and a greedy capitalists. 

  4. Anonymous says:

    An Al Capone of the 21st century, surely. But characters such as he emerge from something, don't they? Could it be abject poverty and a basically brutal society, perhaps? Just a thought.

  5. Anonymous says:

    "The defendant hereby acknowledges that he has accepted this agreement and decided to plead guilty because he is in fact guilty,"

    I can't help but think of all our hit and runs, unsolved crimes and acquittals. We claim to be Christians but the reality is, as a culture, we lack conscience. Our lack of empathy to others starts with our feeling we are superior, entitled and "this is my island" attitude. We will only go back to being a community when we go back to our roots – working hard and respecting each other.



  6. Anonymous says:

    I don't get how CNS allows comments on this article yet the one where Devon Anglin get's off they have blocked comments from being posted. Why is this CNS?

    CNS: Devon Anglin is facing another trial. Blocking the comments in such circumstances is our normal practice. Comments on CNS (who has pleaded guilty) about the Coke are unlikely to have any effect on the outcome of his trial in New York.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I hope all his apologists on this site will now wake up.

  8. Libertarian says:

    It should interest you that although Michael Christopher Coke was a renown criminal in Jamaica and the region, here was a man that became an "escobar." He grew up wealthy under his fathers protection and became the successive leader of the Shower Posse gang. Michael did more for his people than JLP and PNP governments combined.

    It states in Al Jazeera to the effect, Coke "became a leader in the community of Tivoli Gardens, distributing money to the area's poor, creating employment and setting up community centers." Just when he was becoming successful in creating a social network of helping the poor and needy in Jamaica… it is that time, that certain folk in the United States, want him dethroned.

    It is more interesting how the United States have the worse of the worse criminals in politics and the business world, responsible for a global recession, but are so quick to hunt down overseas criminals who are at least (whilst living a life of crime), giving something back to their community.

    Don't get me wrong, Coke admits his crime, and should be punish for it. But what bothers me, is we have worse than Coke in Washington, and nothing is being done about them.

    The world is an upside down place.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe you have a point, regardless of how dull it is…

      But also, maybe you have never lived under 'garrison community' conditions and rules in Jamaica.

      Jamaica is a unique and special place and not always in the best of ways but if you have never lived in Jamaica, you have very little grounds on which to generalise or base an opinion.

      If you condone the activities of the Shower Posse because Dudus Coke was benevolent to his supporters, then you choose to ignore the victims of murder, rape, arson, extortion and other manners of heinous wrongs that this gang has inflicted on the communities of Kingston and other cities of the world.

      You also choose to condone the activities of the gangs operating in the Cayman Islands who do business with the Shower Posse.

      The JLP Government, like all governments of the world, are corrupt but there is no decent Jamaican who considers that the Jamaican Government and the Jamaica Defense Force has not done the right thing by trampling on Tivoli Gardens and extraditing Dudus Coke to the USA.

      At least, for now, Kingston will get a bit of rest from the Shower Posse.

      • The KING of West Bay says:

        There are NO gangstas in Cayman…and if there are, then they are homegrown…and have NOTHING to do with the status grants of 2003…

    • Anonymous says:

      Mr Libertarian: There is a suffix (look it up) in the Engish language, namely -ed. "Renown" and "punish" need it. As for "worse of the worse"……..oh well, never mind.

      • Anonymous2 says:

        Oh please, just admit, you don't like what he said – not how he said it! ……. oh well, never mind.

    • Roy T says:

      And like the murderer Esobar Coke’s goal was to buy loyalty. Where was he when his ‘loyal subjects’ were willing to give up their lives for him? Did he try to stop them? He is a drug dealing murderer who cowardly hid while foolish people had their lives put in turmoil or who died for him. The US did Jamaica a big favour and perhaps helped / forced local politicians to do the right thing for a change. Never mind what problems the USA have – just be glad they took a criminal to their country for a change rather than exporting one to Jamaica.

      Good riddance to Choke.