World’s most dangerous drug trafficker extradited to US

LColombia’s biggest drug trafficker, “Otoniel”, was extradited to the United States on Wednesday, May 4, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced. “I want to inform that Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias Otoniel, has been extradited,” the Colombian president said on Twitter in the evening. Colombia’s most wanted drug trafficker, “Otoniel”, 50, was arrested on October 23 in the northwest of the country during a large military operation. He has been prosecuted for drug trafficking since 2009 in a New York court.

“He is the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world, the murderer of social leaders and police, a rapist of children and adolescents. Today, legality, the rule of law, public force and justice prevail”, welcomed the Colombian head of state. Local media broadcast images of a convoy of large armored vehicles, escorted by heavily armed police, heading for Bogota airport.

Relatives of Otoniel’s victims had requested a “suspension” of the extradition, citing their right to know the truth and to receive reparations. But Colombian justice finally gave the green light to his extradition on Thursday, Dairo Antonio Usuga’s defense team told AFP.

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1,600 men at his command

Coming from a peasant family in the northwest of Colombia, Dairo Antonio Usuga was a far-left guerrilla, then a far-right paramilitary before becoming the head of a strong drug trafficking organization. about 1,600 men, who exported an average of nearly 300 tonnes of cocaine each year to around 30 countries, according to the authorities.

He took over as head of the Clan del Golfo from his brother, Juan de Dios alias “Giovanni”, who was killed by the police in 2012. In five decades of war on drugs supported by the United States, Colombia has killed or captured several drug barons, including Pablo Escobar, killed by the police in 1993. But the country remains the world’s largest producer of cocaine and the United States the main market, while violence linked to trafficking continues.

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