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Coffey Experiences Jamaican Drug War

By Logan Hall

World events often seem to escape the radar of many residents of the Ojai Valley. When something happens overseas or even across the country, people might feel detached, or that it has nothing to do with them. Often, however, there is a connection between these global events and the Ojai Valley.
Recently, the crisis in  Jamaica, involving Kingston authorities and U.S. Marshals trying to extradite Christopher “Dudus” Coke on alleged drug and arms trafficking charges, has hit close to home.
The US gave an extradition request to the Jamaican government in August 2009, and has since then been trying to get Kingston authorities to hand Coke over. When police in Kingston stormed the neighborhood where Coke was allegedly in hiding, the citizens who vowed to give their lives to defend him fought back. It has been reported that more than 80 people have been killed in the siege. Ojai resident Cory Coffey, was caught right in the middle of the chaos.
Coffey was in Jamaica to perform with a world-class team of riders called the Pro-Impact stunt team in the Mountain Dew and Snicker’s Stunt Festival scheduled to be held at the Police Officers’ Club in Kingston. Before she and her stunt team even had a chance to ride, the area erupted in turmoil.
“We were right in the middle of everything when things started getting crazy,” said Coffey. “At first we had no idea what was going on. We were watching the news stations to try to find out what was happening around us.”
Coffey has been riding BMX professionally for more than 10 years, is currently the Women’s World Champion in freestyle BMX, and is best known for being the first woman in the world to perform a back flip on a bicycle. Through the years, she has been considered a pioneer for women in BMX.
She has traveled the world showcasing her skills behind the handle bars and, most recently, she traveled to Jamaica, intent on sharing her talent with the local population. Unfortunately, her stunt team never got the chance.
“We were on our way out to check out this waterfall on our day off when our driver got this phone call,” said Jeff Ferris, professional skateboarder and owner and manager of the stunt team. “All I heard him say was, ‘State of emergency’ and that the show was canceled. One minute we’re

World events often seem to escape the radar of many residents of the Ojai Valley. When something happens overseas or even across the country, people might feel detached, or that it has nothing to do with them. Often, however, there is a connection between these global events and the Ojai Valley. Recently, the crisis in  Jamaica, involving Kingston authorities and U.S. Marshals trying to extradite Christopher “Dudus” Coke on alleged drug and arms trafficking charges, has hit close to home. The US gave an extradition request to

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