Colombia will extradite a drug lord. After a seven-year manhunt, Otoniel has returned to the United States.

The Colombian Supreme Court has approved Otaniel’s extradition to the United States as the boss of the country’s greatest gang.

Dairo Antonio Suga, also known as Otoniel, was the long-time leader of Colombia’s largest drug gang and is wanted in the United States on drug trafficking allegations.

Colombia to extradite drug kingpin Otoniel to US after 7 year man huntHe was apprehended by Colombian special forces in October 2021, and his arrest was compared to President Iván Duque’s capture of Pablo Escobar. He had being pursued for seven years prior to his capture.

Following a request from Justice Department authorities in Washington in 2021, Colombia’s Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz promised to extradite Otoniel to the United States after his capture last year.

“All those who commit international crimes will face extradition,” Defense Minister Diego Molano warned at the time.

Colombia to extradite drug kingpin Otoniel to US after 7 year man huntHowever, Otaniel’s defenders contended that he should have been tried before a special tribunal where participants in Colombia’s six-decade internal struggle between government troops and FARC rebels can face varying penalties for confessing to their involvement.

His layers asserted In exchange for preventing his extradition, Otaniel, 50, was willing to disclose some data about coordination between central government officials and illegal armed organizations.

Prior to his arrest, Otoniel was Colombia’s most sought man, with the government offering a reward of $800,000 (£582,000) for information on his location, and the US placing a $5 million bounty on his head.

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