- Colombia’s Most Wanted Drug Lord, Dio Antonio Ozuka, was arrested in a large-scale joint operation by the police, air force and military.
- The leader of the golf clan was caught hiding in his jungle in the northwest of the country.
- The country’s most powerful criminal organization has been accused of smuggling tons of cocaine into Central America and the United States.
Saga, known as “Autonial”, was arrested while in ambush in the Uraba area in the northwest of the country, was handcuffed in public and taken by helicopter to Bogot. More than 500 members of Colombia’s military, police and prosecutors, as well as the United States and Great Britain, were involved.
Reward up to $ 5 million
Authorities spent seven years trying to seize the drug and paid three billion pesos (about 73,000 francs) for the information. The United States also offered a $ 5 million reward for apprehending a criminal. In addition to drug trafficking, the 50-year-old was charged with murder, extortion and kidnapping.
This is “the worst blow to drug trafficking in our country in this century,” Colombian President Evan Duke said in a statement. He compared Osuka’s arrest to the 1993 assassination of drug lord Pablo Escobar. The move is an important achievement in the fight against organized crime for the right-wing conservative government.
The president said Suka’s arrest was “the end of the Gulf Clan.” He called on the remaining members of the clan to surrender or “feel the full weight of the law.”