BBC News - Jamaican 'drugs lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke arrested'

Police in Jamaica say they have arrested suspected drugs lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke on the outskirts of the capital, Kingston.

Jamaican media say he surrendered after walking into a police station accompanied by a Church leader.

The Jamaican government wants to extradite Mr Coke to the US to face charges of drug and gun trafficking.

Attempts to capture him in May led to fierce clashes in which more than 70 people were killed.

Mr Coke, 41, is accused of being the leader of the notorious Shower Posse, which US authorities say operates an international drugs and guns network.

The gang has also been blamed for numerous murders in Jamaica and the US.

Police said Mr Coke had been arrested in the Portmore area of St Catherine Parish, Reuters reported.

The Jamaica Observer said Mr Coke had surrendered himself to police accompanied by the Rev Al Miller.

He was being held at Spanish Town police station which was surrounded by soldiers, the newspaper's website reported.

The Rev Miller, an evangelical preacher, reportedly facilitated the surrender of Mr Coke's brother, Leighton "Livity" Coke, earlier this month.

The operation to capture Mr Coke last month centred on his stronghold in Kingston's Tivoli Gardens.

More than 70 people were killed in gun battles between police and armed young men.