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Published:Friday | February 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM
The Government's Protocol House in Lydford, St Ann, is said to have provided refuge for then fugitive Christopher 'Dudus' Coke during an islandwide manhunt for him in May 2010.
Christopher 'Dudus' Coke
'Dudus' said to have hidden in gov't house

Days before Christopher 'Dudus' Coke is to be sentenced in a New York court, reports are surfacing that while he was Jamaica's most wanted, he found a safe haven at a government house in the hills of St Ann.

The official reports do not support this claim, but an undercover team has found information to suggest that Coke was living in a government house in Lydford, St Ann, while the security forces were looking under rocks in their effort to apprehend him.

According to the Ministry of Mining and Energy, which controls the Government's Protocol House, where it is alleged Coke hid, it was not occupied from January 2009 to December 2011. But residents of surrounding communities are adamant that someone matching Coke's description was part of a group of men in the house while the islandwide search was being conducted.