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“Otoniel” drug trafficker | Colombia is preparing to hand over to the United States

(Carepa) The Colombian government announced on Sunday that it was preparing to deport the United States, the leader of the country’s most powerful drug traffickers, captured during an operation northwest of the country.


“There is a deportation warrant against Odoniel [vers les États-Unis] […] This is still going on, ”Defense Minister Diego Molano told the newspaper Time.

During a military and police operation in the jungles of northwestern Colombia, 50-year-old “Otoniel” and the leader of the Clan del Golfo, Deiro Antonio Usuka, were arrested, with about 700 people in support of 18 helicopters.

The United States and Colombia are offering more than $ 5 million in rewards for information leading to his arrest. The United States has announced a $ 5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

“This is the biggest blow to the drug trade of this century, but we’re not going to stop there,” President Evan Duke said while paying tribute to a policeman who died in action against “Odonial.”

Opponents of the National Liberation Army (ELN), the last active guerrilla in the country, and FARC guerrillas who laid down their arms after the 2016 peace process are accused by the government of funding drug trafficking. Smuggling and illegal mining.

During the five-decade-long war on narcotics backed by the United States, Colombia killed or captured several drug lords, including Pablo Escobar, who was shot dead by law enforcement in 1993. However, the country is a leader in cocaine production. , The largest buyer.