Conflict & Justice

Examining the Tivoli Gardens Gang Bust in Jamaica


Christopher 'Dudus' Coke

In May last year, police forces busted into the gang-controlled Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica.

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The raid was highly unusual.

For one thing, a US surveillance plane monitored the operation from the air.

The target was Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, a drug lord wanted for extradition to the US.

He did eventually wind up on trial in New York, where he now faces sentencing for assault and racketeering.

But that raid left more than 70 people dead, and only six guns were recovered, leaving a lot of questions unanswered.

An investigation by the New Yorker magazine suggests there were multiple extra-judicial killings. And the DEA filmed it all.

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Mattathias Schwartz, who wrote about the case in the December 12 issue of the New Yorker magazine.