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Last August, federal prosecutors in Manhattan unsealed an indictment against Christopher “Dudus” Coke charging the Kingston, Jamaica, businessman with conspiracy to distribute drugs and illegal firearms. In laying out the case against Coke, the indictment cited, among other things, evidence from seven telephone conversations that allegedly captured the accused drug lord discussing the sale of guns, marijuana and cocaine in New York and Jamaica.

A press release accompanying the indictment described Coke, 40, as the longtime leader of “an international criminal organization known as the ‘Shower Posse,’” and noted that the U.S. Justice Department considers him among “the world’s most dangerous narcotics kingpins.” The release went on to quote U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara as calling Coke’s indictment “another important step in our bringing to justice the world’s most dangerous criminals, wherever they may be found.”

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