Colombia has announced that the most wanted drug trafficker in the country will be extradited to the US after his capture on Saturday.
Dairo Antonio usuga, known as Otoniel, was captured after a joint operation by the army, air force and police. He led the largest criminal gang in the country and has been on the US Drug Enforcement Agency’s most wanted list for years.
U.S. officials had set a $ 5 million (3. 3.6 million) ransom for his head. They accused him of importing at least 73 metric tonnes of cocaine into the country between 2003 and 2014.
Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano told El Tiempo newspaper that the next step for officials was to comply with the US extradition order. According to local media, authorities have now taken Otoniel to a military base in the capital Bogotá before his extradition.
President Iván Duque hailed the capture of the drug lord in a televised video message. “This is the biggest blow to drug trafficking in our country this century,” he said. “This shock is comparable only to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s.”
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