May 26th, 2010
01:37 PM ET

Police arrest more than 500 in Jamaica

[Updated 1:36 p.m.] Police in Jamaica have more than 500 people in custody, the government said, after a failed attempt to arrest a suspected drug kingpin resulted in violence that left at least 44 people dead.

Security forces are "processing" people, with students and young people getting first priority, the government said.

"The Security Forces are also helping residents of Tivoli Gardens" - a neighborhood, where much of the violence took place - "taking those needing medical care to hospitals. Medication is also being provided to residents," the government said.

[Posted at 11:08 a.m.] The death toll has risen to 44 as a result of clashes in Jamaica between security forces and alleged drug gang members and their supporters, according to Jamaican Public Defender Earle Witter and Political Ombudsman Hero Blair.

Security forces have been fighting people who want to prevent the extradition to the United States of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who was charged last year in U.S. federal court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and with conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms.

The street battles have taken place in the Kingston neighborhoods of Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town, officials said.

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  1. Real Deal

    Once again, the chickens come home to roost. Once again, the violence, subversive unrest and bloodshed sown by previous US government and their 'foreign policy' mandates (basically, enforce their brand of democracy at any cost) has yielded a situation that is unresolvable at the local level.

    I almost think US federal agents SHOULD go in and get Coke out. I'm tempted to think that he (or maybe even his people) would turn him over if that were to happen, so long as they could be sure that he would go straight to the USA and face a fair trial properly represented. The amounts noted in the indictments are really not that much when you think of it. 5K of coke? Come on! It's what's underneath it all that scares the s*** out of the Jamaican establishment, especially the JLP. There is no way in hell he would get a fair trial in Jamaica, and his extradition would not happen. They would murder him, just like they murdered his father.

    Rest assured of the following indisputable facts: 1. The people buying those drugs in the USA ie the demand? Americans. 2. The people making the guns? Americans. 3. The people who visit Jamaica and smoke the most weed snort the most coke? Americans.

    Case in point recently Ricky Trooper got his visa revoked for posing off on Youtube with a gun ("we have guns!" lol!!) The USCIS publicly stated that by doing analysis of the video and looking at serial and other identifying factors, well, lo and behold, it was a real gun! MADE IN THE USA.

    Or let's all fool ourselves and believe that a country of 2 million people the majority of whom live in poverty that is surrounded by US warships is somehow able to be the cause of problems to the world's largest superpower? Give your head a shake.

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