Colombia's Clan del Golfo gang network extends to 28 countries -police

1 month ago 52

Colombia's National Police Director General Jorge Luis Vargas speaks during a quality league astir the seizure of Dairo Antonio Usuga David, alias "Otoniel", apical person of the Gulf clan,while a surface shows the logos with which the packages of cocaine trafficked by this transgression radical are marked, successful Bogota, Colombia November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

BOGOTA, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Colombian authorities are focused connected breaking up the Clan del Golfo pack - whose web extends to 28 countries astir the satellite - aft the seizure of the group's person precocious past month, the country's apical bull said connected Wednesday.

Dairo Antonio Usuga, alias "Otoniel," was the country's most-wanted cause lord until helium was detained successful the bluish jungle portion of Uraba, successful what President Ivan Duque said was the hardest caller stroke to cause trafficking.

Usuga's erstwhile enactment has alliances with 5 planetary cartels and mafia groups to administer 20 tonnes of cocaine per month, General Jorge Luis Vargas, the manager of the nationalist police, told journalists.

"Five mafias and planetary cartels are the principals with whom the Clan del Golfo traffics: Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Sinaloa successful Mexico, the Calabresa and Siciliana mafias successful Italy and the Balkan networks," Vargas said.

Usuga was laundering the Clan's wealth with concern radical of Lebanese, Arab and Israeli origin, Vargas said, without giving details.

"We person identified 28 countries" wherever cocaine is sent by the group, Vargas said.

Besides regular routes to the United States done Central America, the Clan sends the narcotic to Belguim, Spain, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland, Britain, Italy, Albania and Ukraine.

The radical has transportation arsenic acold afield arsenic Iran, China, Australia and the United Arab Emirates, Vargas said.

"It is not communal that 1 organization, and particularly a Colombian one, traffics to those countries."

The authorities has said Otoniel's extradition to the United States connected cause trafficking charges is simply a priority, but Vargas did not springiness a day for the procedure.

Analysts accidental Usuga's apprehension could interruption the Clan into tiny groups, origin an interior warfare oregon pb groups similar the National Liberation Army rebels to effort a takeover but is improbable to impact cause shipments.

Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta Writing by Julia Symmes Cobb Editing by Marguerita Choy

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Read Entire Article