Colombian President Iván Duque has warned that drug smuggler and leader of the Gulf clan Dairo Antonio Úsuga aka “Otoniel” is trying to “prevent” his extradition to the United States, where he is on trial for drug trafficking.
“We have intelligence that this bandit is trying to prevent his extradition, either by trying to open channels for entry into the transitional justice or by obstructing the process with legal action,” Duque said Monday after a security meeting .
However, the president has reiterated his conviction that ‘Otoniel’ will finally be extradited to the United States, where he will serve a sentence for the drug trafficking crimes he has been accused of and later return to Colombia to answer for the cases attributed to him in Colombian territory. .
“We are repeating the message to this criminal, this vermin: ‘Otoniel’ will be extradited, he will commit his drug trafficking crimes and later come to Colombia to answer for the crimes he has committed in our country,” he said .
In mid-December, at the request of the victims, ‘Otoniel’ made a statement before the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), the special court that emerged from the Havana peace agreement between the government and the disbanded FARC guerrilla.
During his appearance, the drug trafficking leader assured, among other things, that he had surrendered to the army at the end of October and blamed the Colombian authorities for blocking his demobilization process in 2006 and that of other members of this armed group.
Until his arrest, compared by President Duque with that of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s, ‘Otoniel’ was considered the largest drug producer in the world and controlled at least 30 percent of Colombian cocaine production, around 300 tons.