Jamaican pleads not guilty to drug charges in NY

(AP) - Jamaican gang leader Christopher "Dudus" Cokehas pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges he ran a massive drug ringfrom his Caribbean stronghold.

Coke entered the plea Friday in federal court in Manhattan.

The 42-year-old boss of the Shower Posse gang was sent to NewYork on Thursday under tight security after waiving extradition.His case had sparked street violence in Kingston that left morethan 70 dead.

U.S. prosecutors say Coke conspired to distribute cocaine andmarijuana throughout the eastern United States for more than 15years. They say drug dealers gave him "tribute payments" in theform of electronics, clothing and firearms.

He faces a possible life term if convicted.

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