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Otoniel: who is Dairo Antonio Úsuga, the powerful drug trafficker whose capture in Colombia is compared to the fall of Pablo Escobar


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Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, alias Otoniel

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There are more than a hundred legal proceedings open against Dairo Antonio Úsuga David.

The head of Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, alias Otoniel, had two prices: the United States government offered US $ 5 million for information leading to his capture and the Colombian, about US $ 800,000.

Despite this, the operation to put Colombia’s most wanted drug lord behind bars, head of the powerful Gulf Clan, just ended this Saturday, after almost a decade of intense search.

Otoniel, 50, was detained in the municipality of Necoclí, in northwestern Colombia, in a joint operation in which more than 300 soldiers participated of the Army, the Air Force and the National Police displaced in more than twenty helicopters.

“It is the hardest blow that has been dealt to drug trafficking in this century in our country. This blow is only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 90’s, “said the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, celebrating the news.


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