Christopher "Dudus" Coke, an accused Jamaican drug lord wanted by the U.S. on federal drug and weapon charges, has been captured in Jamaica, federal officials say. According to the officials, Jamaican police say that they have captured him and are prepared to turn him over to U.S. authorities.
"Coke is in custody," drug enforcement officials told ABC News. The DEA Air Wing is standing by and once it is clear that Coke will be turned over to U.S. authorities by the Jamaicans he will be transported to the Southern District of New York, where he is under indictment.
"Christopher Michael Coke was arrested by Jamaican authorities earlier today near Kingston after a five-week pursuit by local authorities," said Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. "We look forward to working closely with the Jamaican authorities to bring Coke to justice to face charges pending against him in Manhattan federal court."
Coke's attorney contacted U.S. authorities yesterday advising that Coke was considering turning himself in to the U.S. It was the first communication that U.S. authorities had had with Coke's attorney in several weeks.