CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept. 2, 2009: A Jamaican-born accused drug dealer has been indicted in a New York Court on charges of drug and weapons-trafficking.
Michael Christopher Coke, otherwise known as Paul Christopher Scott, `Presi,` `General` `Duddus` and `Shortman,` has been indicted on charged of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine, according to court records obtained by CaribWorldNews.
The Grand Jury charges in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of NY, claims that Coke and `others known and unknown, unlawfully, intentionally, and knowingly combined, conspired, confederated, and agreed together and with each other to violate the narcotics laws of the United States.`
This allegedly included distributing, and possessing with intent to distribute some 1,000 kilograms and more of mixtures and substances containing a detectable amount of marijuana as well as 5 kilograms and more of mixtures and substances containing a detectable amount of cocaine.
The indictment states that since in or about the early 1990s, Coke has controlled the Tivoli Gardens area, a neighborhood in inner-city Kingston, Jamaica.
Tivoli Gardens is a `garrison` community, a barricaded neighborhood guarded by a group of armed gunmen.
These gunmen act at Coke`s direction, states the indictment, and Coke arms them with firearms he imports illegally, via a wharf located adjacent to Tivoli Gardens. Coke also distributes firearms to other area leaders of other sections of Kingston, Jamaica, the indictment said.
The members of Coke`s organization, stated the indictment, are known as the `Shower Posse,` and also as `Presidential Click,` and reside in Tivoli Gardens, other areas of Jamaica, and in other countries, including the United States.
`From at least in or about 1994, members of the Organization have been involved in drug trafficking in the New York area, Kingston, Jamaica and elsewhere,` the Grand Jury charge states. `The organization members have sold narcotics, including marijuana and crack cocaine, at Coke`s direction and on his behalf. They have then sent the proceeds of the drug sales to Coke in Jamaica, in the form of cash and/or goods.
`Organization members rely on Coke to assist them in their drug businesses here in the United States and in other countries. Because of Coke`s international power and influence, Coke is able to provide protection to Organization members involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities, in the United States and elsewhere. Organization members in the United States routinely seek Coke`s advice and approval for various matters relating to the sales of narcotics, including how to resolve conflicts with other Organization members. The members of the Organization commonly send cash and goods, including clothing and electronics to Coke as `tribute` payments, in recognition of his leadership and his assistance.`
In addition to providing Coke with a portion of the proceeds from their drug trafficking activities, and `tribute` payments, members of the Organization in the United States allegedly supply Coke with firearms in exchange for the assistance that Coke provides, and in recognition of his status and power within the Organization.
Organization members, according to the indictment, purchase firearms in the United States and ship those firearms to Jamaica. Once those firearms arrive in Jamaica, Coke decides how and to whom they will be distributed. Coke`s access to firearms, as well as cash, serves to support and increase his authority and power in Kingston, Jamaica and elsewhere, the indictment added.
Coke now faces extradition from Jamaica to answer the charges in a New York court.