Jamaica arrests drug kingpin's brother

2010-06-02 12:13

Kingston - The brother of alleged Jamaican drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke turned himself in late on Tuesday and is now in police custody, officials said.

Leighton "Livity" Coke was placed on the police's most wanted list last week.

But his infamous brother remains on the run, evading capture despite a week-long assault on a slum that has left 73 civilians dead and divided the island. Many Jamaicans are hailing what they see as a chance to fight rampant crime but others are alarmed at the incredibly heavy price in human lives.

"Dudus" Coke is said to have escaped through the barricaded West Kingston area, which was under heavy security from Jamaican police and military. Some 47 guns and more than 10 000 rounds of ammunition were seized in the operation.

US prosecutors accuse Coke and his "Shower Posse" gang of funneling cocaine and marijuana to New York and other eastern US cities, contributing to violence that has caused thousands of deaths in both countries.

But many poor Jamaicans look to "Dudus" Coke as a hero who provides a semblance of protection on some of the world's most dangerous streets, along with small-time jobs and education.