Via The Jamaica Observer – The police have said there is no truth to the rumours that former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke committed suicide in a United States prison.
In a news release Saturday, the police dispelled the rumour, which is being circulated across the media landscape.
The police categorically stated that it is false, as Jamaica Constabulary Force’s international law enforcement partners have confirmed and assured them that there is no truth to the assertion.
The police also discouraged the spread of such rumours, advising the public to desist from making such “frivolous and mischievous” statements that could lead to “unwarranted panic and anxiety in some quarters”.
According to Jamaica Observer– Harry McLeod, the reputed ‘ex-lieutenant’ of former Tivoli Gardens don Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, was yesterday acquitted of several criminal charges as the prosecution was unable to mount a case against him.
The 46 year-old, otherwise called Harry Dog, was acquitted of charges of larceny, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, and forgery when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court.McLeod, who was represented by Peter Champagnie and Kemar Robinson, was acquitted after the prosecution said it was unable to make out a case against him, prompting the court to order the return of his vehicle.
Charges against McLeod came after the vehicle was allegedly found in Tivoli Gardens with 4,000 rounds of ammunition in it during the May 2010 operation to apprehend Coke, who was wanted in the United States on drugs and gunrunning charges. The vehicle, with McLeod’s documents, was allegedly found in front of Coke’s Presidential Click office.
This acquittal comes two years after McLeod was freed of ammunition charges after 42 rounds of ammunition were allegedly found in his Oxford Road, New Kingston apartment when he was held in 2011.
He was arrested after the police listed him as a “major person of interest” in relation to crimes committed in the Kingston Western Police Division.
According to his sister older Camille “Sandy” Coke, beloved Jamaican gangster Christopher Coke, aka Dudus has changed his worldly ways and has begun taking up a theology course while in prison.
‘Dudus’ is serving a 20 year sentence in the US for running a multimillion dollar drug ring – The Shower Posse – that operated from Kingston Jamaica to more than 10 international countries, including various cities in the US.
Christopher Coke is known to be quite different from the norm of flamboyant kingpins, especially of his magnitude. He is very powerful yet soft spoken, only eats vegan, rarely even known to curse and has a deep spiritual side.
In an interview with Jamaica Gleaner, Sandy a former”Queenpin” turned evangelist, says she has changed her lifestyle and is now taking up religion instead of guns and drugs. She prays that her brothers will follow the light as well.
Here is an excerpt of the interview:
Today, the prayer warrior is no longer influencing people in a negative way, but is busy in the streets praying and encouraging others to follow in the path of Jesus Christ.
But she is not the only one of the Coke clan who has decided to turn to Jesus.
Her sibling, Dudus, who was extradited to the United States on drug-related crimes, is pursuing a theology course in prison, she said.
Camille Coke did not provide details about her brother’s theology course. However, she said, “I have been praying for them (Dudus and another brother Leighton ‘Livity’ Coke). I prayed and ask the Lord to transform the heart of Dudus when he is about to be released. It is the same prayers I prayed for Livity when he was in jail for four years. Look at him now. He is not the same person. He has been attending church, and if you ever hear him pray, you cannot believe it is the same Livity.”
Her prayers are to one day see her two brothers, Dudus and Livity, become powerful men of God, preaching the word.
According to Camille Coke it was while in jail that Sharon James, the mother of Tesha Miller, shared the scripture with her and that prompted her also to make a change in her life. Miller was the alleged leader of the St Catherine-based Clansman gang, one of the most notorious gangs in the country.
The 44-year-old businesswoman also told The Gleaner:
“During the months in jail, at points I became so emotional because I did not even know why or what I was arrested for. One day, they took in a lady who was much older than me. I beg of them to put her in my cell. That lady turned out to be the mother of Tesha Miller. She was a praying woman, and when my hope was fading, she was the one who encouraged me and let me know that only God could fix the problem. She would pray at least three times per day in jail. I was convinced and later decided to give God a chance in my life.”
***We are working extensively to get more frequent updates on Dudus Coke. Hopefully soon our requests will be granted for visitation & possibly an interview. Keep checking back for more updates & more news***
When asked how he knew that, the popular elicited laughter at the west Kingston commission of enquiry when he replied: “because of the way I greeted him”.
“You patted (searched) him?” asked chairman of the commission Sir David Simmons.
Blair replied laughing, while demonstrating to the commission how he ran both hands down the drug kingpin’s back.
l said to him ‘can I give you a hug?’
Blair testified that on his way to meet with Coke that day he passed more than 50 men openly carrying handguns.