Jamaican drug lord arrested in Kingston

Christopher "Dudus" Coke faces extradition to the US, as curfew is declared in Kingston.

Jamaican police have arrested the suspected drug lord, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, on the outskirts of Kingston.

He was reportedly captured whilst heading towards the US embassy to hand himself in.

The Jamaican government plans to extradite him to the US to face drugs and gun trafficking charges.

This led to a bloody battle on the streets of Kingston in May, with scores of people losing their lives as they fought security forces. Many impoverished residents of the city view him as a benefactor and support him passionately.

The 41 year old is accused of being leader of the Shower Posse gang, which US authorities say operates an international drugs and gun smuggling network. Until recently, he was widely regarded as the most powerful man in Jamaica.

Coke, who faced life in prison if convicted, claims that he is a legitimate businessman.

The authorities declared a curfew in large parts of Kingston immediately after his arrest, amid fears of further violence.