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Reputed Jamaican drug kingpin pleads guilty to racketeering and assault charges in NYC
NEW YORK (AP) ' A reputed Jamaican drug kingpin has pleaded guilty in New York to racketeering and assault charges, admitting his leadership in an international criminal organization.
Christopher Coke (kohk) entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Coke admitted that he led a drug organization known as the Shower Posse and the Presidential Click. He was arrested by Jamaican authorities at a police checkpoint in June 2010 and extradited to the U.S.
A hunt for him in his West Kingston slum stronghold led to a confrontation that killed 73 civilians and three security officers.
A prosecutor says Coke moved drugs and guns between Jamaica and the U.S. with impunity for at least a decade.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 8. Coke faces up to 23 years in prison.