Colombia Captures Drug Cartel Boss Dairo Antonio Usuga

Colombian authorities captured Dairo Antonio Usuga,”the most feared drug trafficker on Earth,” on Oct. 23 in a joint army, air force, and police operation.

Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez hailed the capture of Usuga in a televised nationwide address as “the most severe blow that has been dealt to drug trafficking in this country this century” and “only comparable with the fall of Pablo Escobar Gaviria in the 90s.”

Authorities seized Usuga, known as “Otoniel” in a rural area of the region of Uraba in the Antioquia province, two weeks after intelligence officers managed to identify the approximate location of his rainforest hideout.

“This is the most important intelligence operation that has been carried out against drug trafficking,” Márquez said.

Colombian Military Forces released a photo of Otoniel in handcuffs with armed soldiers at both his sides.

Otoniel will be extradited to the United States where he has a $5 million bounty on his head.

Otoniel was the leader of the drug cartel “Clan del Golfo,” which the U.S. Department described as “heavily armed and extremely violent… comprised of former members of terrorist organizations.”

Márquez warned members of Otoniel’s drug cartel after his arrest to “submit to justice immediately” or face the same fate as Otoniel with “the full weight of the law.”


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