Latin America

Most wanted Colombian drug lord detained in jungle

10:43, 24 October 2021
Most wanted Colombian drug lord detained in jungle

The most wanted Colombian drug dealer “Otoniel” Dairo Antonio Usuga was caught in the Panamanian jungle on October 24 as a result of a government operation, The National reported. 

Usuga led the biggest drug gang in the country called Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia or the Gulf Clan, and he was found in a rural area in the Uraba region.

Colombian President Ivan Duque compared the arrest of Otoniel with the killing of Pablo Escobar.

“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,” Duque said.

More than 500 soldiers supported by 22 helicopters were involved in the operation as one policeman was killed. It’s been reported, that the US and UK intelligence services took part in the capture.

Duque said that Otoniel can be extradited to the US where he was charged with “operating continuing criminal enterprises, participating in international cocaine trafficking conspiracies and using firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes”.

The Executive Director of Americas Division of Human Rights Watch praised Otoniel's capture and said in Tweeter that the drug dealer was responsible for hundreds of crimes.

The US offered a $5 million reward for Otoniel's head as Colombia offered a reward of up to $800,000 for any information that could help to fund Otoniel, who was labeled as the most dangerous man in Colombia.