The Clan del Golfo is responsible for sending tons of cocaine to the United States, as well as setting up a criminal network dedicated to collecting extortions from businessmen and merchants.
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The number one of the criminal gang of the Gulf Clan, Dairo Antonio suga David, aka ‘Otoniel’, Colombia’s most wanted drug trafficker, was captured in a joint operation by the Police and the Armed Forces in the northwest of the country, local media reported.
The Government has not confirmed the capture, although the Nario’s house announces a statement from the president Ivn Duque, which has not yet been produced, but in images released by different media, the captured man is seen smiling, dressed in pants and a black T-shirt and with his hands tied behind his back, when he is led by soldiers armed with rifles after getting out of a helicopter. military.
According to the first reports, the capture took place in the rural area of The Totumo, which is part of the municipality of Necocl, in the Gulf of Urab, in northwestern Colombia, where the Gulf Clan emerged, which later spread to other regions of the country.
SIX-YEAR-OLD SEQUENCE OPERATION
‘Otoniel’ was intensely sought since 2015 in the Urab region by thousands of police and military participants in the two phases of the ‘Operacin Agamenn’, through which dozens of men under his command were captured and tons of cocaine seized.
In September 2017, after the signing of peace with the FARC and the opening of dialogues with the guerrillas of the Army of National Liberation (ELN), alias ‘Otoniel’ announced in a video posted on social networks his intention to submit to justice, which made Colombians think about the possibility of achieving peace after more than half a century of armed conflict on various internal fronts.
According to the Colombian government, the Clan del Golfo is responsible for shipping tons of cocaine to the United States, as well as setting up a criminal network dedicated to collecting extortions from businessmen and merchants in the Urab region, on the border with Panam, and mainly on the Atlantic coast.
He is also accused of assassinate numerous policemen and social leaders as part of their strategy of terror in the areas where the gang operates.
For these reasons, ‘Otoniel’ has more than a hundred processes open in the Colombian justice system and Interpol was looking for him with a red circular.
The news of the capture of ‘Otoniel’ was received with relief by politicians of different aspects, such as the liberal candidate for the presidency Juan Fernando Christ, who described it as “an important blow by our Military Forces against organized crime” and called for “persisting in the persecution against violent groups.”
“I congratulate the government of President Ivn Duque for the capture of ‘Otoniel'”, top leader of the Clan del Golfo. ‘Otoniel’ must be held accountable for the hundreds of crimes committed under his command. The victims deserve justice, “Human Rights Watch’s executive director for the Americas wrote on Twitter, Jos Miguel Vivanco.
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