US formalizes procedure to extradite Gulf Clan chief

Colombian President Iván Duque confirmed this Thursday that the extradition to the United States of Dairo António Úsuga, alias “Otoniel” and head of the Gulf Clan, was formalized by the government of that country and its proceedings are progressing in a Colombian court.

“The administrative procedures have already been carried out in the Ministry of Justice and in the Foreign Ministry, and yesterday that request was made available to the Supreme Court of Justice,” the president said in an official statement.

The Supreme Court of Justice is in charge of guaranteeing the extradition after studying the validity of the documentation presented. This process can be extended for a few months.

Alias ​​“Otoniel”, considered the most wanted drug trafficker in the country, was captured on October 23 in the mountains of northwestern Colombia in an operation involving hundreds of members of the special forces.

The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offered a five million dollar reward for “Otoniel”, required by the Southern District of New York to answer for crimes associated with drug trafficking and that has pending charges in federal courts in Miami , Tampa and Brooklyn.

In Colombia, “Otoniel” has seven convictions and 128 arrest warrants for the crimes of drug trafficking, arms trafficking, homicide, sexual violence, conspiracy to commit a crime and forced displacement.

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