Origin, rise and fall of an extradable: this is the story of Otoniel, the supreme leader of the Gulf cartel in Colombia

The capture of 'Otoniel' was the right blow for the Gulf Clan
The capture of ‘Otoniel’ was the right blow for the Gulf Clan

After having known the endorsement of the Supreme Court of Justice, around the extradition of Dairo Antonio Úsuga David, better known as ‘Otoniel’, questions arise about the primacy and growth of this criminal figure, who gradually became the most wanted man in the world. Colombia and after his capture, is one of the banners on the anti-crime strikes by the government of Iván Duque. Authorities have indicated that it will only take a few days for the head of the Gulf Clan to set foot on US territory.

‘Otoniel’ was born on September 15, 1971 in the municipality of Necoclí, Antioquia, was captured for his crimes as a drug trafficker, as well as having been part of the People’s Liberation Army – EPL, and then joining the country’s paramilitary groups, affiliated to the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia. After his criminal advance he became the top leader and commander of the Gulf Clan or Clan Úsuga. After the fall of the big names in the world of drugs in the national territory, Úsuga David has become the most important drug dealer in the entire nation.

In the 1990s, the also known alias “Mauro” or “Mao”, joined the EPL, a group in which he strengthened his criminal skills, as well as developing his strategic criminal activity, at the time joined said guerrilla together with Juan de Dios Úsuga David, his brother, who accompanied him to his first pines in the shadow of the law.

After demobilizing from the aforementioned guerrilla, ‘Otoniel’ joined the ranks of the UAC, commanded by the late paramilitary chief Carlos Castaño, in this case ‘Mao’ increased the points within the organization as a commissioner for drug trafficking , was sent to the Eastern Plains to form the Centauros Block hand in hand alias ‘Don Mario’after several years he would return to Urabá to define his criminal future along with potential paramilitaries such as alias ‘El Alemán’ and the rest of the Castaños, however, everything was fragmented after the Santa Fe de Ralito agreements, in the process of demobilization of paramilitaries in that area.

Alias ​​’Otoniel’ did not cease his crime, as he formed the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, which consequently began to develop groups called Los Urabeños, also known as Clan Úsuga or Clan del Golfo, an organization that he currently commanded as its top leader. This narco has taken control of drugs in the Gulf of Urabá and exits to the Pacific and the Caribbean, sparking constant warfare with the rest of the criminal groups and even intimidating the population and the authorities through the so-called “plane gun”.

Before his capture, thanks to his criminal record, in communion between the Colombian authorities and the United States government, he offered up to 5 million dollars to obtain information on his whereabouts, as well as having a Red Interpol circular and become the main target of the national government.

The capture of the alias “Otoniel” took place on 23 October 2021, in a joint operation between the National Army, the Air Force and the Police as part of “Operation Osiris”; Nearly 500 soldiers and 22 helicopters arrived at Cerro Yoki in the rural area of ​​the municipality of Necoclí in Antioquia.where the authorities strategically canceled the siege of ‘Mauro’, he ended up incommunicado with his men, however, his alleged tranquility aroused surprise.

Dairo Antonio Usuga David, alias
Dairo Antonio Usuga David, aka “Otoniel”, principal leader of the Gulf clan, poses for a photo as he is escorted by Colombian military soldiers inside a helicopter after being captured in Turbo, Colombia on October 23, 2021. Ministry of the Colombian Defense / Pantry via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY THIRD PARTIES. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALE. NO ARCHIVE.

According to the Ministry of Defense, Dairo Antonio Úsuga carries 128 arrest warrants for various crimes, including: extortion, murder, drug trafficking, forced displacement, conspiracy, arms trafficking, formation of armed groups and crimes against the humanity.Although his capture sparked controversy over how he was found, this shot touched the backbone of Los Urabeños, an organization that has been partially weakened by the operations of national authorities.

To date, his judicial process has caused a stir, since the victims of the armed conflict have denounced that it is necessary for this man, before being extradited, to share the truth with Colombians, since the clarification of many cases in which he was The Gulf Clan Interfered Similarly, Colombian authorities have been told to weaken the process and to intervene when “Otoniel” makes his statements.


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