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Colombia arrests most-wanted drug lord Otoniel in jungle raid involving 500 troops & 22 choppers

Colombia arrests most-wanted drug lord Otoniel in jungle raid involving 500 troops & 22 choppers

Colombian particular forces have captured infamous drug trafficker Dairo Antonio Usuga, often called Otoniel, throughout an enormous operation on Saturday. The alleged boss of the much-feared Gulf Clan had been on the run for over a decade.

Round 500 troops and 22 helicopters have been reportedly concerned within the raid on Otoniel’s hideout within the jungle space of the Uraba area within the northwest of the nation. The drive was so overwhelming that even eight rings of safety couldn’t save the drug lord from arrest this time.

The operation, during which one police officer misplaced his life, was carried out primarily based on intelligence offered by the US and UK, in response to the authorities.

Afterward Saturday, a handcuffed Otoniel was offered to the media, surrounded by armed troops in full gear. Within the image, distributed by Colombia’s armed forces, the 50-year-old was seen sporting excessive rubber boots often worn by farmers within the rural areas of the nation.

© Reuters / Colombia’s Navy Forces

Otoniel’s arrest “is the largest blow towards drug trafficking in our nation this century. This hit is barely corresponding to the autumn of Pablo Escobar within the 1990s,” Colombian President Ivan Duque mentioned.

The person is believed to be the boss of the Gulf Clan, which has managed main cocaine smuggling routes within the jungle, and for years has stored most of northern Colombia in worry. The Gulf Clan has round 1,200 fighters, most of whom are former guerilla members. Amongst different issues, the authorities have accused the drug lord and his henchmen of recruiting minors by drive and sexual abuse.

Otoniel escorted by Colombian troopers inside a helicopter after being captured. © Reuters / Colombian Protection Ministry

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) had earlier positioned a $5 million bounty on Otoniel. In 2009, the Manhattan Federal Court docket indicted him on drug prices and aiding a far-right militia designated as a terrorist group within the US. It was adopted by indictments from the Brooklyn and Miami federal courts, accusing the Colombian of smuggling 73 metric tons of cocaine to America between 2003 and 2014 via international locations together with Venezuela, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, and Honduras.

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Otoniel has evaded Colombian police for over a decade and allegedly wouldn’t spend multiple evening in the identical place.

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