Jamaica’s Alleged Drug Kingpin Nabbed — in a Dress

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AP / The Jamaica Gleaner / Ian Allen

He allegedly started out with millions of dollars, command of an international drug ring and his own private army. He ends it wearing a wig and a dress.

Jamaican police arrested refuted drug dealer Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke on drug trafficking charges Monday after a monthlong standoff that claimed the lives of 76 people, mostly residents of the Kingston slum where Coke had his stronghold. He was reportedly being taken, at his request, to the U.S. Embassy by activist minister Rev. Al Miller to surrender to U.S. authorities.

Acting on a tip, police located the car in which he was traveling and pulled it out of an armed convoy with Coke, riding in drag, alongside Miller. The minister was not detained when Coke was arrested but may be questioned later.

Coke still enjoys monumental support among the poor of Tivoli Gardens, where he had been holed up and is seen as a kind of Robin Hood. “I’m glad they took him in and I hope they treat him safely and don’t hurt him,” Marion Powell, a Tivoli resident said in Jamaican patois.

Meanwhile, to avoid the unrest of the standoff, police are promising Coke will not be hurt and are encouraging calm through the indictment process. “I would like to appeal to the families, friends and sympathizers of Christopher Coke to remain calm,” Police Commissioner Owen Ellington said.