More on Jamaica’s Dons
So there were always two don men that are still widely known. Two men who will probably go down in folklore and where rumour and legend follow. They are the two Dons of West Kingston Zekes and Dudus. Christopher Dudus Coke is the don from Tivoli gardens and at the time of writing, still going strong. He is keeping a low profile although I heard he threw two parties in March this year – this is the only pic I could find – relating to raid to have him arrested in 2001, led by Operation Kingfish and the ex scotland yard detective, Mark Shields.
There was intelligence to say there was a cache of weapons coming in to the area, but he was tipped off and police found only with a small amount of marijuana, so he was later released.
The other don is, Donald “Zekes” Phipps, languishes in prison after what must have been a deal by the politicians to catch a big “name” to provide some legitimacy to Operation Kingfish - the crime operation which works with Scotland Yard in the UK and the DEA in the US.
Zekes has been back in court recently because he wants back this money (18 million Jamaican dollars) that he claimed did not belong to him when the police came and raided his house. read about this here
I found a bareboned factfile on him – he’s been arrested many times previously and always got acquitted (friends in the right places and money in the right hands) but this does not tell you about his supporters. One time in 2004 when he was arrested, there were rumours he had been hurt in poilice custody and a crowd gathered, he had to come out with a megaphone to let everyone know he was alright! His skinny frame and hesitant voice does not reveal the power that he by all accounts and purposes had.
i would love to know what connections these powerful dons and the police and the politicians, to be so widely known for so long, i mean Dudus is known as the “President” for christ sake !
There are a number of rumours I have heard of homosexuality in the gangs and of some dons.
Now, everyone wants to be a don which requires more and more brutal violence to get to the top.