Colombia’s once most-wanted drug lord pleads guilty in US

Source: ABC News

“A Colombian man who was once one of the world’s most-wanted drug lords pleaded guilty Wednesday to U.S. smuggling charges, admitting that he led a cartel and paramilitary group that trafficked in cocaine and deadly violence. ‘Tons of cocaine were moved with my permission or at my direction,’ Dairo Antonio Usuga, better known as Otoniel, told a Brooklyn federal court. ‘There was a lot of violence with the guerillas and the criminal gangs,’ he added, and acknowledged that ‘in military work, homicides were committed.’ Usuga, 51, will face at least 20 years in prison when sentenced, prosecutors said. But the U.S. government agreed not to seek a life sentence in order to secure his extradition from Colombia last year, according to U.S. District Judge Dora Irizarry.” (01/25/23)