World’s ‘most dangerous drug trafficker’ extradited to US — Analysis
Colombia’s most wanted warlord known as ‘Otoniel’ will face justice in an American court
Murderous Colombian drug kingpin and warlord Dairo Antonio Usuga, also known as ‘Otoniel’, was extradited to the United States on Wednesday to serve his sentence for drug trafficking, despite objections from his victims.
“I want to report that Dairo Antonio Usuga alias ‘Otoniel’ was extradited; the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world, murderer of social leaders and police officers, abuser of children and adolescents. Today, legality, the rule of law, the Public Force and justice triumph,” Colombian President Ivan Duque confirmedFollow us on Twitter.
However, family members of Otoniel’s victims disagree with the president. They had previously pleaded for Otoniel to be kept in Colombia before he was extradited.
The President Duque argued that drug dealers will face legal consequences in Colombia. “This criminal was extradited to serve drug trafficking sentences in the United States,”He said. “But I want to be clear that once those are served, he will return to Colombia to pay for the crimes committed against our country.”
Otoniel, who had been on the run for seven years, was finally captured in October near Panama’s border. It involved 200 soldiers and 22 helicopters. Prior to his arrest, Washington had offered a $5 million bounty for the warlord’s whereabouts.
A leader of the notorious narcotics-trafficking Gulf Clan, Usuga stands accused of bringing at least 73 tons of cocaine into the US between 2003 and 2012. According to some estimates, the Gulf Clan was one of the most important cocaine exporters worldwide. Otoniel’s arrest was seen as the biggest blow to Colombia’s drug trafficking business since the assassination of Pablo Escobar in 1993.
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