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Violence surges in Jamaica as troops hunt alleged drug kingpin
Mary Beth Sheridan for Washington Post

The security forces were seeking Christopher "Dudus" Coke, one of the top targets for U.S. anti-drug officials. Jamaica's prime minister gave the go-ahead for his extradition last week, after nine months of resistance strained the island's relations with Washington.

John Rapley, president of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, a think tank, said Coke's case reflected how entwined Jamaica's drug gangs have become with the nation's political system. The alleged drug lord is believed to be close to members of the governing Labor Party, although not Prime Minister Bruce Golding himself, Rapley said.

By Mary Beth Sheridan

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 26, 2010