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Colombia to send country’s most wanted drug trafficker to the United States

Colombia has announced that the country's most wanted drug trafficker will be extradited to the US after his capture on Saturday.

Dairo Antonio Úsuga, better known as Otoniel, was seized after a joint army, air force and police operation.

He led the country's largest criminal gang and has been on the US Drug Enforcement Agency's most wanted list for years.




US officials had placed a $5 million bounty on his head.

They accused him of importing at least 73 metric tonnes of cocaine into the country between 2003 and 2014.

According to Colombia's Defence Minister Diego Molano the next step for officials was to comply with the US extradition order.



Authorities have now taken Otoniel to a military base in the capital Bogotá ahead of his extradition, local reports said.

President Iván Duque hailed the drug lord's capture in a televised video message.

"This is the biggest blow against drug trafficking in our country this century," he said. "This blow is only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s."