/ 25 October 2021

Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord captured

The capture of Dairo Antonio Úsuga, better known as Otoniel, is said to be the “biggest blow against drug trafficking in our country this century,” and it’s “only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s,” according to Colombian President Iván Duque. Otoniel was Colombia’s most-wanted drug trafficker and the leader of the country’s largest criminal gang. The 50yo is said to be a nasty pastie. He was the head of a multi-national drug and people smuggling ring, and was involved in illegal gold mining and extortion. Otoniel now faces several charges including exporting cocaine to the US, killing police officers and recruiting children. Reports say Otoniel was worn down in recent times: while on the run he’s said to have insisted on sleeping on an orthopedic mattress to ease a back injury.

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