“You beat me,” world's 'Most Dangerous' drug trafficker said on capture
COLMBIA: The man Colombia describes as the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker told Security Forces: “You beat me” when he was captured during an operation on Saturday, the Government said on Sunday, pledging to extradite him swiftly to the United States.
Dairo Antonio Usuga, known as Otoniel, was caught by Colombia’s Armed Forces during an operation in a rural area of Colombia’s Uraba region, Antioquia province, which involved more than 500 members of Colombia’s special forces and 22 helicopters, officials said on Saturday.
Otoniel is accused of exporting hundreds of tonnes of cocaine each year, while President Ivan Duque said on Saturday he is also responsible for killing police officers, recruiting minors and sexually abusing children.
Colombia’s government will file a petition on Monday with the Andean country’s Supreme Court to extradite Otoniel to the United States, Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz told Reuters on Sunday, adding the process could take four weeks to complete.
The Clan del Golfo has a presence in 12 of Colombia’s 32 provinces, and counts some 3,800 members, according to information provided by Colombia’s national police.
Clan del Golfo is involved as well with illegal mining, authorities say. The government also accuses the group of threatening and killing community leaders across the country.
Otoniel trafficked between 180 tonnes and 200 tonnes of cocaine a year with the Clan del Golfo, and is responsible for the deaths of more than 200 members of Colombia’s Security Forces, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
– INDIA TODAY