A state of emergency was declared in Kingston, Jamaica Sunday after officials say a group of masked men torched police stations and exchanged gun fire with authorities to defend a well known drug dealer.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke was charged in the U.S. with drug and arms trafficking and is facing possible extradition to the United States.
When his supporters heard that Coke might be taken to the U.S. after a nine month delay, they marked off his surrounding neighborhood with barb wire and began a rampage with high power weapons and malatov cocktails.
Masked men set four police buildings aflame and rang shots into the streets.
By Sunday night, they had exchanged gun fire with authorities, leaving two security officers dead.
Police Commissioner Owen Ellington reports that “scores of criminals” from gangs across the Caribbean island had traveled to West Kingston to join the fight against officials in “coordinated attacks on the security forces.”
The U.S. Justice Department names Coke as one of the “world’s most dangerous drug lords” with ties to the governing Jamaica Labour Party.
His father was the head of the notorious Shower Posse gang.
Check out video of the melee in Jamaica below.
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