Thursday, January 26, 2023

Dairo Antonio Usuga 'Otoniel' - Guilty

Dairo Antonio Úsuga David pleaded guilty in a Brooklyn federal court to overseeing the smuggling of more than 100 tons of cocaine into Central America and the U.S. He was extradited to the U.S. last year after the DoJ accused him of being the leader of the Gulf Clan, one of the largest and most powerful cocaine-trafficking organizations in Colombia.

'Otoniel' was arrested in Colombia in 2021 after years on the run. The U.S. had placed a $5m bounty on his head. Federal prosecutors said in court that federal sentencing guidelines would likely recommend a term of life in prison. However, as part of his extradition, the U.S. agreed it wouldn’t seek a life sentence.
Colombian drug lord Dairo Usuga arrived in New York to face charges. 'Otoniel' was flown from Colombia to John F. Kennedy Airport and made an appearance in Brooklyn federal court. He is accused of overseeing the production, purchase and transfer of multi-ton cocaine shipments. The leader of the Clan del Golfo 'CDG' likely won't be leaving America anytime soon.
Dairo Antonio Usuga “Otoniel” leader of the Colombian Clan del Golfo cartel has been busted after more than a decade on the run. He has long been a fixture on the DEA most-wanted list, with a $5 million bounty. He was first indicted in 2009. Indictments in Brooklyn and Miami accused him of importing at least 73 metric tons of cocaine into the US between 2003 and 2014 alone. Intelligence provided by the U.S. led to an operation of more than 500 soldiers and Colombia’s special forces to Úsuga’s jungle hideout, which was protected by eight rings of security.