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Colombia's most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who evaded a decade long manhunt by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right.

10/24/2021 3:14:00 AM

BREAKING: Colombia n authorities say they captured Dairo Antonio Úsuga, a drug cartel leader and one of the country’s most wanted traffickers. The U.S. State Department had offered up to $5M for information leading to Úsuga's arrest and/or conviction.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia n security forces have captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker, a rural warlord who evaded a decade long manhunt by corrupting state officials and aligning himself with combatants on the left and right.

Images circulating on social media show Úsuga handcuffed with his face planted to the ground.Úsuga, better known by his alias Otoniel, is the alleged head of the much-feared Gulf Clan, whose army of assassins has terrorized much of northern Colombia to gain control of major cocaine smuggling routes through thick jungles north to Central America and onto the U.S.

He’s long been a fixture on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s most-wanted fugitives list, for whose capture it had been offering a $5 million reward. He was first indicted in 2009, in Manhattan federal court, on narcotics charges and for allegedly providing assistance to a far-right paramilitary group designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government.

But like many of his gunmen, he’s also cycled through the ranks of several guerrilla groups, most recently claiming to lead the Gaitanist Self Defense Forces of Colombia, after a mid-20th century Colombian leftist firebrand.He also faces criminal charges in Miami, Tampa and Brooklyn federal courts.

Authorities said intelligence provided by the U.S. and U.K. led more than 500 soldiers and members of Colombia’s special forces to Úsuga’s jungle hideout, which was protected by an eight rings of security.Úsuga for years flew under the radar of authorities by eschewing the high profile of Colombia’s better known narcos.

He and his brother, who was killed in a raid in 2012, got their start as gunmen for the now-defunct leftist guerrilla group known as the Popular Liberation Army and then later switched sides and joined the rebels’ battlefield enemies, a right-wing paramilitary group.

He refused to disarm when that militia signed a peace treaty with the government in 2006, instead delving deeper into Colombia’s criminal underworld and setting up operations in the strategic Gulf of Uraba region in northern Colombia, a major drug corridor surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean sea on either side.

Leaks and a network of safe houses at rural homesteads allowed him for years to resist a scorched-earth campaign by the military against the Gulf Clan.But the war was taking its toll on the 50-year-old fugitive, who even while on the run insisted on sleeping on orthopedic mattresses to ease a back injury. In 2017, he showed his face for the first time on occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to the country, publishing a video in which he asked for his group be allowed to lay down its weapons and demobilize as part of the country’s peace process with the much-larger Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

His arrest is something of a boost for the conservative Duque, who law and order rhetoric has been no match for soaring production of cocaine.Land dedicated to the production of coca — the raw ingredient of cocaine — jumped 16% last year to a record 245,000 hectares, a level unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts, according to a White House report.

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How bout blur the nametags and point it out to the Columbian press office. Hello aren’t “underage women” actually girls? Maybe update your revered AP style guide with that. Can I get a 8 ball of uncut please..thank you. It will make no difference. The War on Drugs is stupid. this is most that most of us have heard of him. i'd doubt the co co is souring like it did in many decades before. still it's about catching a kingpin. that should become easier and easier

Remind me, who buys that cocaine, largely? Why is cocaine production soaring? Today someone is $5M richer. At least now Colombia has fewer pieces of human garbage to worry about. so very too bad Who? Why not kill all associated with the trade and others will then think twice about taking their place

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Knowing damm well a entire war is going to start if they don’t release him this is exactly what happened when el chapo son got captured and started a major battlefield at Mexico I take it seriously if he could get the smirk 😏 off his face. This not serious and you know that addict Hunter Biden writing the script. He looks this this stuff so pussy he want bust up laughing.

I'd like to congratulate Drugs on winning the 'War on Drugs' 👏🏽 Why didn’t they just blast his ass Where ima get my drugs now? im sure Alex Saab has nothing to do with this.. im sure the 1 consumer of drugs ie America is distraught over this.. Damn they caught the 🔌 I know you are just reporting, but a dozen isn’t shit 😒

A drug lord know for killing cops and recruiting minors is caught and the Twitter crowd thinks he's some kind of hero that deserves freedom. Go figure. He’s paid off the Colombian government. Give me a break.

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So, the Saturday drop is off The US didn't care for him cutting in on their action. Every few months the same story comes up. And it's been happening since I was a child. And it means NOTHING So Catch one and 20 more pop up. Blah blah blah. Nobody cares anymore. Let's legalize all this crap and then catching this guy will mean something. Or just leave this stuff alone because a bust means nothing.

That’s my weekend In ruins UnrankedWarrior no fucking way No matter how infamous the drug lord, they are just a spoke on a wheel that keeps turning. Mexico is even worse after their strategy of targeting kingpins because who would've guessed that destroying organisations meant complete chaos. Lesssgo

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Gosh. I guess it's pizza for all Colombia, and the US State Department's paying! DEA gotta get that competition out of the way.

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