Colombia’s most notorious drug lord has been extradited to the United States

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Bogota. One of Colombia’s most notorious drug lords has been extradited to the United States, where he is accused of drug trafficking, among other things.

This is stated by the country’s president, Iván Duque, on Twitter on Thursday night Danish time.

“I can reveal that we have extradited Dairo Antonio Usuga, also known as Otoniel, the most dangerous drug smuggler in the world,” the president wrote.

On Wednesday afternoon local time, a convoy led Otoniel from his prison cell in the capital Bogotá to a military airport, where he was handed over to federal agents of the US Narcotics Police (DEA).

The 50-year-old Otoniel was the most wanted person in Colombia until he was arrested in October in the northwestern part of the country during a huge military operation.

The arrest involved more than 500 police officers and soldiers and 22 helicopters. The United States and Britain also took part in the operation on 23 October.

The United States had previously distributed a bounty of five million dollars. The amount corresponds to DKK 32 million.

Iván Duque has compared the arrest of Otoniel to the murder of perhaps the world’s most notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar, in 1993.

Shortly after the arrest, it became clear that the drug lord was to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of extensive exports of cocaine to the country.

Otoniel is charged with a total of 26 different crimes, including drug trafficking, murder, extortion and abductions.

Otoniel took over as head of Colombia’s largest drug cartel, the Golf Clan, after his brother, Juan de Dios, was killed by police in 2012.

The group is present in nearly 300 cities around the country, according to the independent think tank Indepaz.


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