JAMAICANS – AFRO-LINEAL ORGANIZED CRIME
Shower Posse

The Shower Posse originated in the Tivoli Gardens section of Kingston, Jamaica, and its members have been avid supporters of the Jamaican Labor Party (JLP). In September, 1988, a federal grand jury indicted 34 members of the Shower Posse, including Lester Lloyd Coke, alias Big Jim Brown, the Shower Posse leader in Kingston, as well as Vivian Blake, the leader of the Shower Posse in the United States. Blake's two half-brothers, Errol Hussing and Tony Bruce, who headed the New York City operations of the Shower Posse, were also indicted. Coke is scheduled for an extradition hearing from Jamaica. Vivian Blake is still a fugitive, and intelligence information indicates that as recently as September, 1989, he had been in Atlantic City for less than 24 hours before departing for Toronto and then to Jamaica.

Shower Posse networks are involved in the sale of cocaine and marijuana in the New Jersey cities of Newark, East Orange, Irvington, Camden, Atlantic City and Vineland. Recent arrest statistics indicate that the number of Shower Posse members operating within the state is growing. In November, 1988, 53 Shower Posse members were arrested in New Jersey for their involvement in drug distribution. Within the last year, the number of members identified has increased to 75. By November, 1989, arrests in Trenton and Bridgeton revealed Shower Posse activity in those areas as well.

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