Colombia’s most wanted drug lord captured in jungle raid

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian authorities captured the country’s most wanted drug trafficker for whom the U.S. government had been offering a $5 million reward.

Dairo Antonio Usuga, Otoniel

In this photo released by the Colombian presidential press office, one of the country’s most wanted drug traffickers, Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias “Otoniel,” leader of the violent Clan del Golfo cartel, is presented to the media at a military base in Necocli, Colombia, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. (Colombian presidential press office via AP)

Dairo Antonio Úsuga is better known by his alias “Otoniel” and is the alleged leader of the violent Gulf Clan cartel.

The country’s president likened his capture to the arrest three decades ago of Pablo Escobar. But his arrest and possible extradition to the U.S. is unlikely to rid Colombia of its cocaine problems.

Land dedicated to the production of coca jumped 16% last year to a record level unseen in two decades of U.S. eradication efforts.

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