After seven years of searching, the Colombian army last month arrested the alleged leader of the Gulf tribe, Dairo Antonio Usuga, or Otoniel.
Colombia stated that it had received a formal request from the United States for the extradition of the alleged drug lord Dairo Antonio Usuga, who was called Ottonier.
The 50-year-old leader of the Gulf tribe was captured by the Colombian armed forces End of last month, Ended a seven-year search.
Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Thursday that the “administrative procedures” related to extradition “have been implemented by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the request was sent to the Supreme Court yesterday.”
Duke said he had a conversation with Luis Antonio Hernandez, President of the Supreme Court, and demanded that the matter be dealt with as soon as possible.
Otoniel is accused of exporting hundreds of tons of cocaine every year and has been on the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s wanted list for many years.
In addition to the 3 billion pesos (approximately US$800,000) provided by Colombia, the US authorities also provided US$5 million to obtain information that led to his arrest.
According to local authorities, the Gulf tribes are responsible for the deaths of more than 200 members of the Colombian security forces.
The Colombian Supreme Court has approved the extradition of Antonio Moreno Tuberquia (also known as Nicolas), the deputy of the Gulf tribe.
Otoniel was convicted 7 times in Colombia for drug trafficking, weapon trafficking, murder, sexual violence, conspiracy and forced displacement, and 128 arrest warrants were issued.
The Gulf Clan, or Clan del Golfo, has more than 1,200 combatants involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining, as well as the murder of community leaders.
According to data from the Colombian National Police, it operates in 12 of Colombia’s 32 provinces.
“Extradition awaits all those who have committed international crimes,” Colombian Defense Minister Diego Morano said after Otonil’s arrest last month.
According to the police, the Colombian authorities launched Operation Agamemnon in 2016 as they tried to get close to Otoniel, killed and captured dozens of his deputies, tracked down his finances and forced him to move constantly.
Despite decades of struggle with drug smuggling, Colombia still The world’s largest cocaine producer And it faces continuing pressure from the United States to reduce the production of its main ingredient coca crop and cocaine.
Drug trafficking helps fund illegal armed groups in Colombia Long-term internal conflict This has caused more than 260,000 deaths.
So far this year, Colombia’s The armed forces have seized Duke said that the record 595 tons of cocaine broke the 2020 record of 505 tons.