Friday, June 8, 2012
Jamaican drug lord who pleaded guilty in New York to drug and gun trafficking charges has been sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Coke was captured in Jamaica in 2010 after a bloody siege of his stronghold in a slum west of Kingston left more than 70 dead.
Coke had written the judge to describe good deeds he did for slum-dwellers and to seek mercy. But several women abused by Coke's gang in Jamaica begged for a harsh punishment.
Prosecutors say Coke terrorized anyone who interfered with his drug operation.
Coke was indicted in 2007 and the charges remained sealed until his arrest. He was accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine and marijuana and plotting to illegally traffic in firearms.