- The leader of drug trafficking in Colombia, Dairo Antonio Usuga (popularly known as Otoniel) has been arrested
- Credible sources assert that Otoniel was caught on Saturday, October 23, in Antioquia province of northwestern Colombia
- The suspect who also led the cult, Clan del Golfo, will be extradited to the US as promised by the Colombian government
After a series of thorough searches and investigations, the Colombian joint security forces were able to finally get hold of the nation's most-wanted kingpin, Dairo Antonio Usuga (fondly called Otoniel) in the business of trafficking hard substances.
According to Colombia's military, it took more than 500 members of special forces and 22 helicopters in a well-coordinated operation to track and arrest Otoniel, the leader of the notorious cult, Clan del Golfo, on Saturday, October 23, Reuters reports.
After he was nabbed, the drug lord admitted being beaten and conquered by the police, saying: "You beat me."
Otoniel was caught in Antioquia province in northwestern Colombia, near the border with Panama.
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Watch how he was paraded:
Reacting to the development which has come as a massive relief to the government and people of Colombia, the president, Ivan Duque, noted that this is the biggest blow to the drug-trafficking world 'since the fall of Pablo Escobar.'
In his speech on Saturday, President Duque added that Otoniel will be extradited to the United States (US).
Apart from allegations bordering on large-scale exportation of cocane yearly, Otoniel has also been accused by Duque of killing police officers, recruiting minors, and child molestation, CNN added.
Before the suspect's arrest, the government had Colombia had promised a bounty of not less than 3 billion pesos (about $800,000) for his whereabouts, while the US had offered to pay $5 million to anyone who could help locate him.
Colombia's defence minister, Diego Molano, affirmed that both rewards will be paid in full.
"Extradition awaits all those who commit international crimes."
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Elkanah disclosed this on Saturday while parading the suspected crime kingpin alongside 21 other suspected bandits and their collaborators in Gusau.
He said five other bandits were killed during a raid in Gummi LGA of the state.