Dairo Antonio Uzura was the leader the most powerful gang for drug traffickers in Colombia. He was the most wanted criminal of the country.
Son of a peasant, left guerrilla defector in a far-right paramilitary militia, then the most wanted drug trafficker in the country, Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias “Otoniel” was arrested on Saturday 23 October. In which 700 men participated with 18 helicopters.
President of the country, Ivan Duque, welcomed the announcement immediately “The most serious blow to drug trafficking this century is the hardest”Colombia “Only comparable with the fall of Pablo Escobar”Before adding: “We will not stop here.”During a tribute to a fallen officer in police custody during the Operation against “Otoniel”
The del Golfo clan’s 50-year-old head and drug dealer was riding his mule in the middle the jungle, changing homes each night to avoid being spotted and without a cellphone.
“We were behind him for seven long years.”General Fernando Navarro, head of the Colombian Army, stated that he was happy to answer the question.
The US State Department identified this former peasant child as the head of an organisation. “Heavily armed, extremely violence”Use, “Violence, intimidation”Control of drug trafficking routes and laboratories for cocaine production
Sunday’s announcement by the Colombian government that they were preparing for his extradition to America was made by the Colombian government.Five million dollars was offered by the Americans for any information that would allow its capture or location.
Seventh of nine children born to Ana Celsa David and Juan de Dios Usuga, a couple who lived from the sale of cattle, pigs and poultry in the department of Antioquia (north-west) “Otoniel” was born on September 15, 1971 in Necoclí, in northwestern Colombia. After the death of Juan de Dios his brother, “Giovanni”, he took the Clan del Golfo’s head during a fight with police in 2012.
These two men were responsible for a criminal network that was present in close to 300 of the 1,102 Colombian municipalities. It was primarily on the Pacific coast where most drug shipments depart, with the majority heading for the United States.
At 18 he joined People’s Liberation Army, a Marxist guerrilla that was demobilized in 1991 after 26 years of rebellion. “He was not a revolutionary. But there was only that and he left with them ”, had told his mother in 2015 in an interview with the daily newspaper “El Tiempo” in 2015.
Dairo Antonio Usuga didn’t demobilize with the EPL. He joined the Peasant Self-Defense Militias of Cordoba y Uraba in 1993 and 1994. This paramilitary group, which was linked to drug trafficking, was created to combat the guerrillas.
The ACCU was a part of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. It was demobilized by Alvaro Uribe, a right-wing president (2002-2010).