The Jamaican-born drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Manhattan at 2 p.m. today. He has admitted to racketeering and assault charges and faces up to 23 years in prison.
Coke, 43, has sought mercy in a letter to the judge. However, U.S. prosecutors want Coke to serve the maximum term and be deported.
Coke, a hero to some in the West Kingston slum of Tivoli Gardens, was captured in 2010 in Jamaica during a stand-off between his ghetto followers and Jamaican soldiers. Some 70 persons died during the show down and Coke was later captured, dressed in a wig and disguised as a woman in a car driven by a Jamaican pastor.