Seven things to know about Colombia's most-wanted drug baron, Otoniel! 1

Seven things to know about Colombia’s most-wanted drug baron, Otoniel!


Dairo Antonio Usuga, also known as Otoniel, Colombia’s most notorious drug trafficker, has been apprehended by security forces in a rural section of the Uraba region on Saturday.

Here are seven facts about the world’s most wanted drug trafficker:

  1. Dairo Antonio Usuga was born in Necocli, Colombia, on September 15, 1971.was the seventh of nine children born into a family that relied on the sale of cattle, pigs, and poultry to make ends meet.
  2. Otoniel joined the Popular Liberation Army, a Marxist guerrilla group that disbanded in 1991, when he was 18 years old.
  3. He succeeded his brother Juan de Dios, who was killed by police in 2012, as the leader of the drug trafficking organization Gulf Clan, formerly known as the Usuga Clan.
  4. According to Jose Angel Mendoza, the chief of Colombia’s anti-narcotics division, Otoniel “became leader by inspiring fear, and it is out of fear that he is respected.”
  5. Colombian President Ivan Duque compared Otoniel’s detention to that of Pablo Escobar, the drug lord assassinated by Colombian police in 1993.
  6. The Colombian government has placed an 800,000 dollar prize on his head with the US offering five million dollars.


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