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    Alleged drug lord Coke captured in Jamaica


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    Alleged drug kingpin Christopher "Dudus" Coke was arrested by police on the outskirts of Kingston on Tuesday, peacefully ending a manhunt for the fugitive at the center of last month's deadly raids in the Jamaican capital.

    Coke, 42, is wanted for extradition to the US on drug and gun trafficking charges. Police said they arrested him without violence at a road checkpoint in the Portmore area of St. Catherine Parish.

    Seventy-six people were killed in four days of gun battles last month when police and soldiers stormed the Tivoli Gardens slum in west Kingston in an attempt to take Coke into custody.

    Police Commissioner Owen Ellington declined to comment on reports Coke had been moved to army headquarters on Tuesday night.

    "He appeared to be physically well and we will be preparing him to face the court as soon as possible," Ellington said.

    Coke was on his way to surrender at the US Embassy in Kingston when police stopped him at the checkpoint, according to a minister who accompanied him on Tuesday.