Charles ‘Little Nut’ Miller & The Rise of the Jamaican Yardie

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Christopher Dudus Coke, son of Lester Coke 

‘I am too black, too young and too successful for the local elite.”

A Lester Coke associate and former Shower Posse member Cecil Connor aka Charles “Lil Nut” Miller claimed the CIA trained him and other members of the Shower Posse, to fight political wars for the Jamaican Labour Party through killing and spying. Connor would stuff ballot boxes and intimidate voters to help the JLP win elections.

Later, much later, when things got out of control with drugs trafficking & the brutality & gun violence of the ‘Shower Posse’ in the United States, Connor (an alleged C.I.A asset and D.E.A informant) testified against Lester Coke (their leader) and other Shower Posse members in a US court.

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Connor never went to prison, he gained a new identity (Charles Miller), with help from the US government; he entered a witness protection program, then somehow ended up in his native St Kitts, and once he had his feet under the table, he resumed his drug trafficking links with the Colombian Cartels.

In 1994, more than a ton and a half of Miller’s cocaine, on its way from Colombia to the United States, disappeared from a hiding place on an isolated beach in St Kitts. Within days Vincent Morris, a son of the Deputy Prime Minister along with his girlfriend went missing.

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Then Jude Matthew, the Superintendent of St Kitts Police, put in charge of the investigation into the Vincent Morris disappearance, was also slain, pumped full of bullets from a pistol as he sat in his jeep in his driveway.

By this point in the investigation the intervention of Scotland Yard detectives had been requested, & since it was clear they’d stepped into somewhat murky waters, members of the British firearms unit also wound up in St Kitts protecting the British investigators.

The murders occurred in 1994, but it took nearly six years to bring Charles Miller to trial not for the murders of Vincent Morris and his girlfriend (a St Kitts labourer took the rap for those). But for conspiring to send hundreds of pounds of Colombian cocaine from his native island of St. Kitts to the United States in the 1990s. 

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Miller spent hours on the witness stand trying to navigate loopholes in U.S. drug laws. He said he was merely a businessman–the “tax man,” he called himself–who took millions of dollars in “fees” from Colombian drug cartels for safeguarding cocaine shipments as they passed through tiny St. Kitts.

But Miller also claimed that the drugs were destined for Europe, not America, and that he thus violated no U.S. law. Assistant U.S. Atty. Russell Killinger told the jury that Miller’s entire testimony was “absurd.”

Maybe so, but Charles Miller would not be the only Jamaican Yardie to consider drug trafficking to Europe an easier deal than winding up dead on the D.E.A’s doorstep.

For nigh on two decades Jamaican Yardies have been importing cannabis and cocaine into the UK and selling it from fortified safe houses, and they are not the only gangsters operating from within England’s inner cities. Colombian drug trafficking isn’t just a significant problem in the United States, it’s a problem in Europe and in the UK, but the British government would prefer we knew as little about that as possible. 

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