March 22, 2010
R.I.P Vivian Blake
Former Shower Posse leader and founder Vivian Blake died yesterday evening at the University Hospital of the West Indies, after a long battle with diabetes.
Blake, who returned to Jamaica last year after being released from prison in the United States, had been ailing for some time.
Mr. Blake was released from a US prison in January 2009 after serving time for racketeering and drug trafficking. The former Tivoli Gardens strongman was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison in June 2000 in a Miami Federal Court. He served just nine years of that sentence after turning state witness.
He and other members of the Shower Posse had been given lengthy sentences based on 52 charges brought by Federal prosecutors. These included racketeering, smuggling and distributing marijuana and cocaine from the Bahamas through the United States.
The Shower Posse, which was strong supporter of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), was also implicated in over 1,000 murders in the US. The 'Feds' said the Posse members operated lucrative illegal drug rings in Miami, New York City, Philadelphia and Virginia. He returned home on January 29, 2009.