Colombian drug lord betrayed by juniors

Colombian police say juniors provided most of the information to authorities to arrest the country’s most notorious drug lord Usuga, the leader of the Gulf Family.

“A lot of people in the Gulf Family have betrayed him,” Colombia’s police chief, General Jorge Vargas, said on Thursday.

The operation to capture Usuga, commonly known as Otoniel, took place on October 23, with about 500 soldiers and 22 helicopters sent to Necocli, one of the main Gulf Family outposts, located near the border. Panamanian world.

One policeman was killed during the operation. When surrounded by security forces, the drug lord exclaimed: “You have defeated me”.

Drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga after being arrested in Bogota, Colombia, on October 23.  Photo: Reuters.

Drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga after being arrested in Bogota, Colombia, on October 23. Photo: Reuters.

According to the Colombian Defense Ministry, Otoniel and his gang trafficked 180-200 tons of cocaine a year and were responsible for the deaths of more than 200 members of Colombia’s security forces.

Colombia’s Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz said he would apply to the National Supreme Court today to extradite Otoniel to the United States, adding that the process could take up to four weeks.

Colombia previously offered a reward of 3 billion pesos (about 800,000 USD) to find Otoniel’s whereabouts, while the US government offered a reward of 5 million USD for anyone to help find him.

Colombia is one of the countries with the largest drug trafficking in the world, despite numerous government crackdowns. The arrest of the leader of Colombia’s most powerful drug cartel signals a major victory for the conservative government of President Ivan Duque.

Ngoc Anh (Follow Reuters)

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