Colombia receives US extradition request for accused drug lord

Colombian forces caught accused Gulf Clan chief Dairo Antonio Usuga, referred to as Otoniel, final month after a 7-year search.

Colombia has stated it acquired a proper request from the United States to extradite accused drug kingpin Dairo Antonio Usuga, referred to as Otoniel.

The 50-year-old alleged chief of the Gulf Clan was captured by Colombia’s armed forces late final month, ending a seven-year search.

Colombian President Ivan Duque stated on Thursday that “administrative procedures” associated to the extradition “have already been carried out by the ministry of justice and the foreign ministry and yesterday the request was sent to the Supreme Court of Justice”.

Duque stated he spoke with Supreme Court President Luis Antonio Hernandez to ask that the matter be handled shortly.

Otoniel is accused of exporting a whole bunch of tonnes of cocaine yearly and had been on the needed listing of the US Drug Enforcement Agency for years.

US authorities had supplied $5m for info resulting in his seize, along with the three billion pesos (about $800,000) Colombia supplied for info.

The Gulf Clan is chargeable for the deaths of greater than 200 members of Colombia’s safety forces, in response to native authorities.

Colombia’s Supreme Court has already accredited the extradition of the Gulf Clan’s second-in-command, Antonio Moreno Tuberquia, often known as Nicolas.

Otoniel has seven convictions in Colombia and 128 arrest warrants for the crimes of drug trafficking, arms trafficking, murder, sexual violence, conspiracy to commit a criminal offense and compelled displacement.

The Gulf Clan, or Clan del Golfo, boasts greater than 1,200 combatants and is related to drug trafficking and unlawful mining, in addition to murders of neighborhood leaders.

It operates in 12 of Colombia’s 32 provinces, in response to information from Colombian nationwide police.

“Extradition awaits all those who commit international crimes,” Colombian Defence Minister Diego Molano stated final month following Otoniel’s seize.

Colombian authorities launched Operation Agamemnon in 2016 as they labored to shut in on Otoniel, killing and capturing dozens of his lieutenants, going after his funds and forcing him to be always on the move, in response to police.

Despite many years of preventing towards drug trafficking, Colombia stays a high world producer of cocaine and faces fixed US strain to scale back its coca crop, the drug’s foremost ingredient, and cocaine manufacturing.

Drug trafficking helps finance unlawful armed teams in Colombia amid a long-running inside battle that has left greater than 260,000 useless.

So far this 12 months, Colombia’s armed forces have seized a report 595 tonnes of cocaine, Duque stated, breaking the earlier report of 505 tonnes in 2020.


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