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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: How 'Dudus' was eventually captured

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 6:35 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Saunders ... intelligence provided by the military indicated that Coke had left St Ann and so the army knew when he was on his way back to Kingston and relayed this information to the police.

The former head of the Jamaica Defence Force Major General Stewart Saunders has revealed that drug kingpin Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke was captured based on intelligence provided by the military.

Coke was captured in June 2010 along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine, almost one month after he eluded a massive police-military operation in his Tivoli Gardens stronghold.

The crime lord was apprehended in a sport utility vehicle that was being driven by popular pastor, Reverend Merrick ‘Al’ Miller.

Miller has maintained that he was taking Coke to the United States Embassy in Kingston to surrender to authorities there.

READ: Court rules Al Miller has case to answer in Dudus matter

Testifying before the west Kingston commission of enquiry yesterday, Saunders revealed that Coke had been under surveillance since August, 2009.

He said this was after then Police Commissioner, Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin, informed him of a pending extradition request from US authorities.

Saunders revealed that in 2010, having confirmed that Coke had left Tivoli, a number of operations were launched in St Andrew, St Mary and St Ann.

He said intelligence provided by the military indicated that Coke had left St Ann and so the army knew when he was on his way back to Kingston and relayed this information to the police.

 

Former JDF Chief of Defence Staff Major General Stewart Saunders responding to questions from JDF attorney Linton Gordon

Saunders will face cross-examination from attorney for the Office of the Public Defender Lord Anthony Gifford when the enquiry resumes this morning.