The criminal career of Jamaican drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke, one of the Caribbean’s most famous gangsters, ended Friday when he was sentenced to 23 years behind bars. The U.S. drug trafficking case brought into sharp focus his reputation for using ruthless acts of violence to strike fear into both foes and allies. Prosecutors in federal court in Manhattan had used the often gruesome testimony of an admitted member of Coke’s drug gang to push for a stiff sentence. Most startling was his account of how Coke ordered his men to kill a deadbeat drug dealer nicknamed “Tall Man” by tying him up and dismembering him with a chain saw.
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