Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Colombian drug trafficker Dario Antonio Usuga, aka “Otoniel”, pleads guilty in the US.

(CNN Spanish) — Colombian drug trafficker Dario Antonio Usuga, aka “Otoniel”, pleaded guilty to the charges against him in the United States, during a new hearing this Wednesday. Usuga was captured in Colombia in October 2021 and later extradited to the US. usa

Dressed in blue and accompanied by his lawyers, Paul Nalven and Alexi Schacht, “Otoniel” read a statement in which he acknowledged his activity in Colombian paramilitary groups and the protection he provided to drug traffickers. He explained that paramilitary areas were charged a “tax” for having laboratories.

The top boss of the del Golfo clan, considered by US and Colombian authorities, Usuga pleaded not guilty in May 2022. He later pleaded guilty in mid-January, according to a US Justice Department document. cnn access.

The charges against him include alleged participation in a continuing criminal enterprise and conspiracy to distribute narcotics in the Eastern District of New York. He has also been indicted in the Southern District of Florida for maritime narcotics conspiracy.

The charges were transferred to the Eastern District of New York and a sentence of 10 years in prison was given. The prosecutor’s office recommended the latter, but his defense recalled that, due to the extradition agreement, the measure does not apply in this case.

By pleading guilty, Usuga waives the possibility of a trial and now goes to a sentencing hearing, the date of which has yet to be defined.

During the session, federal judge Dora Irizarry asked Usuga about his health status, who explained that he suffered from heart problems and had received care and medication.

Otoniel, considered one of the most wanted men in Colombia and for whom a US$5 million bounty was being offered, remains in a detention center in Brooklyn.

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