Jamaican drug lord's NY sentencing postponed

March 16, 2012 - 4:45 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Sentencing has been postponed for a Jamaican drug lord who pleaded guilty to U.S. charges of drug and gun trafficking.

Christopher Coke, also known as "Dudus" Coke, was to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Manhattan. But another hearing on the case will now be held in May. The sentencing will be sometime after that.

Coke was captured in Jamaica in 2010 after a bloody siege of his stronghold in a slum west of Kingston left more than 70 dead.

Coke had written the judge to describe good deeds he did for slum-dwellers and to seek mercy. But several women abused by Coke's gang in Jamaica begged for a harsh punishment.

Prosecutors say Coke terrorized anyone who interfered with his drug operation.