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Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Vivian Blake alleged 'Shower Posse' boss and convicted drug lord

The police say they may give alleged 'Shower Posse' boss and convicted drug lord, Vivian Blake the chance to live like a free man when he returns to Jamaica. While uncertain if Blake was wanted for any crime committed locally, ACP Hines said the police's decision to keep an eye on the deportee depends on risk assessment.
"He is a free man so it's all about risk assessing...We are always mindful of an individual's right and the right of the general public. He is not yet in our jurisdiction so we will see," ACP Hines said. According to investigators, Blake is expected to be interviewed and will have to provide information in regards to his place of abode. This they say is in keeping with the monitoring of 'high risk' deportees. Blake is expected to arrive in the island soon after serving a nine-year prison sentence in the United States. He was reportedly scheduled to arrive on Sunday however, local detectives had to alter their plans as he did not enter the island. Blake was sentenced to 28 years in 2000 after pleading guilty to racketeering and criminal conspiracy. His sentence was shortened after entering a plea deal with US prosecutors. He had been indicted there 12 years earlier, but fled to Jamaica where he had been hiding until his capture. The Shower Posse reigned terror on the streets of the US and its members are reported to have murdered over 1,400 people there. In addition to racketeering, smuggling and distributing marijuana and cocaine from the Bahamas through the United States, the Shower Posse was also implicated in more than 1,000 murders in the United States under Blake's leadership. The group has been accused of trafficking huge amounts of cocaine into the US and using the profits to send firearms and ammunition back to Jamaica. The gang was said to have operated major drug networks in New York, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Alaska, Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Montreal, Toronto and London. On December 18 of last year, Blake was featured on the Black Entertainment Television's American Gangster, a crime series in which he was quoted as saying "I ran it like a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The only difference is that instead of litigating in a court of law, we held court in the streets." The programme looked at the rise and fall of the Shower Posse which has its roots in the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens.


Pharaoh 12 January 2009 at 21:03  

He who wins the war makes the laws! With that being said its all relative with regard to the "posse" and Vivian Blake, Jim Brown and others!

Allison,  11 March 2009 at 18:34  

Thanks for posting this. My cousin led the task force investigating Vivian Blake, Jim Brown and the Shower and Spangler posses. Nobody really seems to know much about it - and I get doubly mad when I hear people say that marijuana is a "victimless crime" when clearly it is not. I hope more people remember the thousands who died due to this type of gang violence next time they think about going to buy pot, cocaine or an illegal firearm. Regardless of whether or not you feel any drugs should be decriminalized, I believe it is very important to at least acknowledge the atrocities that druglords (most recently the Mexicana cartels) continue to perpetuate and commit to this day.

Thanks again!

Michael 1 July 2009 at 18:12  

So what are you saying Ms Guerriero.Marijuana makes people kill, makes them violent.
You can't blame Ganja for gang violence, people kill people it's called greed. I agree with you on recognizing the violence of the drug lords.I can only speak about my experience but after recognizing the problem we must then understand the problem to fix it. There in lies the question what caused peolpe to become like this?

Simone 27 September 2009 at 09:41  

Marijuana can not & should not be blame for the arrogrance of people.These people made a decision from the choices that were available to them & that is to create mayhem. With that said - we can safely say that Vivian Blake, Lester "Jim Brown" Coke among others are just a bunch of "money hungry" Jamaicans, who tried to get rich quick ,the only way they knew.

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