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Most Wanted Drug Lord Captured Inside Colombia, President Described Arrest As ‘The Biggest Blow Against Drug Trafficking’

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Colombia security forces have captured Dairo Antonio Usuga, the country’s most wanted drug kingpin.

Popularly called Otoniel, the leader of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia or the Gulf Clan, was captured in his rural hideout in Antioquia province in north-western Colombia, close to the border with Panama.

Colombia President, Ivan Duque has applauded Otoniel’s capture saying is the biggest blow to drug trafficking in the country since Pablo Escobar’s capture and eventual death three decades ago. The President said in a news conference that “This is the biggest blow against drug trafficking in our country this century. This hit is only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s.”

Pablo Escobar in history was a Colombian drug lord whose ruthless ambition, until his death, implicated his wife, daughter and son in the notorious Medellin Cartel. Escobar controlled over 80 percent of the cocaine shipped to the U.S., earning him the rank of one of Forbes Magazine’s 10 wealthiest people in the world.

Otoniel 50 years old, could be extradited to the US where he was first indicted in 2009 in a Manhattan federal court on drug trafficking charges.

Colombia earlier during Otoniel tracking had offered a reward of $800,000 for information leading to his capture, while the US had put a bounty of $5m on his head.

Oteniel arrest however may just be the beginning of new troubles and violence in the ‘Gulf Clan’ as analysts fear his captures will spark up in-fighting within armed groups and new struggles for territorial power among sublime drug kingpins for who takes his place.

Source: Aljazeera

 

 

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