Otoniel: Colombia Drug Kingpin Extradited to US

Dairo Antonio Úsuga was captured final October

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BBC- Colombia has extradited the drug baron chief of the nation’s greatest crime gang to the US, Colombia’s president has introduced.

President Iván Duque stated Dairo Antonio Úsuga, higher often called Otoniel, was the world’s most harmful trafficker.

Otoniel led the Gulf Clan cartel and is needed within the US on drug trafficking fees.

His seize in October ended a seven-year manhunt and final month Colombia’s Supreme Court docket authorised the extradition.

The Gulf Clan trafficked between 180 and 200 tonnes of cocaine a yr, in line with Colombian authorities.

Saying the extradition, Mr Duque in contrast Otoniel to the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

“This extradition shows nobody is above the Colombian state,” he stated in a video message, accusing Otoniel of murdering civil society leaders and cops.

Previous to his seize, Otoniel was Colombia’s most needed man and the federal government had provided a $800,000 (£582,000) reward for details about his whereabouts, whereas the US had positioned a $5m bounty on his head.

The Gulf Clan operates in lots of provinces and has in depth worldwide connections, is engaged in drug and other people smuggling, unlawful gold mining and extortion.

It’s believed to have about 1,800 armed members, who’re primarily recruited from far-right paramilitary teams. Members have been arrested in Argentina, Brazil, Honduras, Peru and Spain.

The gang controls lots of the routes used to smuggle medication from Colombia to the US, and as far-off as Russia. Authorities within the US have described it as “heavily armed [and] extremely violent”.

Otoniel was ultimately captured in his rural hideout in Antioquia province in north-western Colombia in October, near the border with Panama in an operation involving 500 troopers supported by 22 helicopters.

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