United States vs. Dudus Coke
Southern District of New York
Conspiracy; Organizing deals of Marijuana, and Crack Cocaine; Racketeering and Conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon; Money- Laundering
Plea- allowing client not to get life in prison and pay a fine of $4 million!
Prosecution's theory of case
The client ran an international criminal organization known as the “Shower Posse” with members in Jamaica, the United States, and other countries which he has led since the early 1990’s. At the clients direction and under his protection, members of his criminal organization sold marijuana and crack cocaine in the New York area and elsewhere, and sent the narcotics proceeds back to himself and co-conspirators. The client and his co-conspirators also armed their organization with illegally trafficked firearms. The client was named by the U.S. Department of Justice to the list of Consolidated Priority Organization Targets (“CPOTs”) which includes the world’s most dangerous narcotics Kingpins.
Details of Investigation
Constructed 25 page outline regarding case conspiracy, surveillance and undercover operation by DEA, FBI, an local law enforcement, wiretap applications and orders, tracking of all electronic devices, break down of wiretap affidavit regarding more that 20 mentioned un-indicted co-conspirators, break down of all dates and times of text messages, determined identities of all confidential informants, Tracked all physical surveillance logs by law enforcement. Determined that primary informant was major drug dealer who was a target of a separate federal Investigation. Conducted background investigations and interviewed client regarding current case and prior criminal history; investigated and located over 50 defense witnesses nationwide. Interviewed and did extensive background, criminal history, and family location checks. Interviewed and located over 30 civilian witnesses in Jamaica, and throughout the U.S. Took pictures and investigated three homicide cases and crime scenes. Located and retrieved numerous records, documents, and reports throughout the United States regarding clients past and present cases. Located names and address of all governmental confidential informants, and dates of debriefings. Located the following toll records: cellular, pager, and home telephone. Reviewed over 17,000 wiretap conversations. Subpoenaed numerous witness, and documents nationwide for case. Obtain and help design numerous trial exhibits consisting of charts, graphs, and diagrams.