Thursday, December 2

Colombia Captures “Otoniel”, the Most Wanted Drug Trafficker in the Country


Surrounded by military and photographers. This is how Colombia exhibits the triumph. The country has just arrested “Otoniel”, the most wanted drug trafficker in the country. The head of the Clan del Golfo has been captured in Cerro Yoki, in the department of Antioquia, after more than 6 years outwitting the persecution of the police and the military.

In the first released images of “Otoniel” he is seen smiling, dressed in pants and a black shirt and with his hands tied behind his back, when he is led by soldiers armed with rifles after getting out of a military helicopter.

After underlining that “Otoniel” was “the most feared drug dealer in the world”, the president stressed that the capture was also “intelligence work” in which the Colombian forces shared information “with agencies of the United States and the United Kingdom given the international dangerousness of this criminal.”

“Killer of policemen, soldiers, social leaders, as well as a recruiter of minors; he is also known for that dementia that led him to abuse boys, girls and adolescents on a recurring tide”This is how the president defined “Otoniel” in his declaration to the country.

The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, noted: “This is the hardest blow that drug trafficking has been dealt in this century in our country and it is only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s”, assured the head of state.

“I also want to emphasize that there are extradition orders for this criminal. And let us work with the authorities to also achieve this task, without this being an obstacle so that the whole truth about the rest of his crimes in our country is also known.”Duque added.

In ‘Operation Osiris’ they have participated more than 500 men from special forces, the Navy, 50 intelligence experts and 22 helicopters. About the weigh 128 arrest warrants, seven convictions, a long list of crimes and one request for extradition to the United States.

According to General Vargas, “Otoniel” had eight security rings that were identified by a “satellite work with US and UK agencies”, so detailed that “we knew he was eating” So what “His favorite dish was an animal from the jungles of Urabá.”

According to the Colombian Police, alias “Otoniel” began illegally in the ranks of the guerrillas of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL), from which he withdrew in 1991 after the signing of a peace agreement and shortly after joined the paramilitaries United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC).

“Over time he went on to serve as one of the leaders of the Centauros Block in the Eastern Plains, alongside his brother Juan de Dios Úsuga David, known in the world of crime as ‘Giovanny'”Police said in a statement.

After the demobilization of the AUC in 2006, “Otoniel” and his brother “They began to spread their tentacles in various regions of the country and to consolidate a criminal organization nurtured mainly with money from drug trafficking” but also illegal mining, extortion and smuggling.


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