A New York Federal Court heard damning testimonies from one of Christopher Dudus Coke's senior advisors, an admitted killer, at his sentencing hearing today (May 22).
Jermaine Cohen told the court that Coke drafted him into his drug gang by giving him a gun.
He says he along with other enforcers were expected to protect and serve Tivoli Gardens in return for no-show jobs and other illegal benefits.
The Associated Press reported 37 year old Cohen as saying some people would be beaten and others shot and killed if they committed crimes without Coke's permission.
Cohen described himself in court as one of Coke's enforcers, known as “Shottas”.
Wearing an orange coloured jail jump suit, he also testified that the gang forced vendors to pay Coke a tax, women to be drug mules and the elderly to stash drugs in their homes.
Federal Prosecutors called Cohen an admitted killer, who became a government co-operator, as part of a plea deal.
He said under Coke's system, armed men were placed at polling stations and only Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters allowed to vote, while People's National Party (PNP) supporters were scared off.
Prosecutors have brought him in as a witness in an attempt to persuade the judge to give Coke the maximum sentence possible - twenty-three years.
No sentencing date has been set.
43-year-old Coke pleaded guilty last year to racketeering, conspiracy, and assault charges.
Asked why he agreed to cooperate, Cohen said he wanted to tell the truth about his life in Jamaica.
Cohen, has been jailed for illegal entry into the United States and is facing 50 years to life in prison for murder, gun, and drug charges.
He is one of two prosecution witnesses, whose testimony is expected to bolster the US government's case against Coke.
Prosecutors have said the second witness, who is a former high level member of Coke's organization is expected to, among other things, describe brutal murders, beatings and other acts of violence that were allegedly committed by Coke.