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St. Kitts Man Gets Drug Conviction

December 6, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A man alleged to be a former member of a violent Jamaican gang that was blamed for hundreds of murders across the United States was convicted of cocaine smuggling.

Charles ``Little Nut″ Miller, of the Caribbean island of St. Kitts, faces life in prison after his conspiracy conviction Tuesday in federal court. Sentencing was set for Feb. 13.

Miller was alleged to be a member of a Jamaican-dominated gang called the Shower Posse, known for trafficking tons of cocaine in the 1980s. Authorities blame the gang for some 1,400 murders in the United States.

In 1998, the State Department accused Miller of threatening to kill U.S. students at St. Kitts’ Ross Veterinary University if he were ever extradited.

His conviction was in connection with a shipment of more than 200 pounds of Colombian cocaine. Prosecutors said he planned to bring in more than 4,000 pounds.

``Miller was the gatekeeper to all drugs that went through St. Kitts to the U.S.,″ Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Blanco said.

Miller was extradited from St. Kitts in February.

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