The official death toll is up to 44 in Jamaica, where troops loyal to the government have been on the hunt for a reputed drugs kingpin. "Dudus" Coke has been targeted for extradition by the U.S. government and apparently didn't decide to go peacefully. His network of supporters and associated criminals have so far been able to fight police and troops to a standstill.
Mr. Coke had to resort to overt violence after years of being one of the most successful parasites feeding off the government structure through bribes, artificially high costs for his products via drugs prohibition, and protection money paid out to government officials (allegedly). He should have taken a lesson from the criminal parasites in the U.S. and gone into finance, then he could have chipped in with the Wall Street Bankster Posse and bought the SEC, FDIC, Treasury and DOJ and been in on the looting of the United States to the tune of a trillion dollars when their paper-trading schemes went bad instead of going into the drugs production and transportation business. If nothing else his security costs would have been lower. Plus, virtual businesses have much lower overhead.
As an aside, this may be one of the many facets of how the looming catastrophic breakdown will play out. Secessionist tendencies, anger, etc. might not result in many official "independence" movements or outright civil wars (in the early years), but an increasing hollowness of the state with occasional flashes of violence like this, which happen when the state feels forced to make sure that everyone respects the fig leaf of legitimacy by resorting to force - which is all many governments have left.
Hard times for Jamaica. A warning for the rest of us.