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Colombia armed forces capture top drug trafficker Otoniel -sources -Breaking


Oliver Griffin and Nelson Bocanegra by Luis Jaime Acosta

BOGOTA, (Reuters) – Dairo Antonio Usuga was known as Otoniel and is Colombia’s most wanted drug dealer and leader of Clan del Golfo. He was taken into custody on Saturday in an operation that the military, police and security sources confirmed.

Colombia offered up to $3 billion (about $800,000.00) in reward for any information regarding Otoniel, and the U.S. Government had offered $5 million as a reward for his location.

Otoniel (50) rose from left-wing paramilitary to leader of Clan del Golfo or Gulf Clan.

Clan del Golfo is home to around 1200 men, most of them ex-members of paramilitaries. It can be found in 10 of the 32 Colombian provinces.

Operation Agamemnon was launched by Colombian authorities in 2016. They were trying to get Otoniel under control.

Otoniel released a 2017 video in which he declared his intention to surrender to justice. However, the plan was never realized.

In March, Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency captured Otoniel’s sister, Nini Johana Usuga, who was extradited to the United States to face charges connected to drug trafficking and money laundering.

Authorities claim Clan del Golfo also engages in drug trafficking. The government, however, accuses them of intimidating and murdering community leaders throughout the country.

($1 = 3,780.38 Colombian pesos)

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