Dario Usuga ‘Otoniel’: Alleged Colombian drug lord extradited to US, source says

Usuga is widely known as the boss of the Clan del Golfo, a powerful drug cartel that controls cocaine’s routes to Mexico and the United States. He is being held at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center in New York and was due to appear before a US judge within hours.

He faces numerous drug trafficking charges in New York and Florida district courts. State Department previously offered up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest or conviction.
Usuga was captured by Colombian authorities in October, in the countryside of the northwest region of Uraba in the province of Antioquia, President Ivan Duque celebrated the feat as “the biggest arrest of a drug trafficker by Colombian police since Pablo Escobar.”

At the time of his arrest, the alleged cartel leader was facing at least 122 charges of drug dealing, criminal conspiracy, murder and money laundering, according to the Colombian Attorney General’s Office.

His extradition was approved by presidential decree. after the Council of State of Colombia rejected an appeal by several victims of Usugi’s alleged crimes who wanted him tried in a Colombian court.

According to the State Department, the so-called “Clan del Golfo” is made up of former members of terrorist organizations and “uses violence and intimidation to control drug routes, cocaine processing labs, boat departure points, and covert airstrips.”

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