BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s precedence is to extradite the captured drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga, referred to as Otoniel, to the United States, authorities and safety sources stated on Sunday.
Otoniel, 50, was caught https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-drugs-otoniel/colombia-nabs-otoniel-drug-kingpin-and-gang-leader-government-idUSKBN2HD0KF by Colombia’s armed forces throughout an operation in a rural space of Colombia’s Uraba area, Antioquia province, officers stated on Saturday.
Otoniel faces extradition orders from the United States. Colombia will work with authorities to ensure the extradition takes place, President Ivan Duque stated on Saturday.
Getting the drug trafficker, who faces dozens of arrest warrants, to the United States is Colombia’s precedence following his seize, a authorities supply and two safety sources informed Reuters.
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Colombia had provided a reward of up to 3 billion pesos (about $800,000) for info regarding Otoniel’s whereabouts, whereas the U.S. authorities had put up a reward of $5 million for assist finding him.
Otoniel rose to turn into the chief of the drug trafficking group the Clan del Golfo, or Gulf Clan, following stints as a left-wing guerrilla and later as a paramilitary.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Additional reporting and writing by Oliver Griffin; modifying by Grant McCool)
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