A Colombian drug lord who had a army drive of 1000’s beneath his command has pleaded responsible in a Brooklyn courtroom to operating a felony enterprise, and can see at the very least 20 years behind bars.
Dairo Antonio Usuga David, 51, led Clan del Golfo from 2012 till his arrest by the Colombian authorities in October 2021. The worldwide felony group despatched cocaine by the ton from Colombia to the U.S. by means of Mexico and Panama, the feds mentioned.
On Wednesday, Usuga David entered a responsible plea earlier than Brooklyn Federal Court docket Decide Dora Irizarry that covers indictments in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Florida.
Brooklyn U.S. Legal professional Breon Peace described Usuga David as “probably the most violent and important Colombian narcotics trafficker since Pablo Escobar.”
Usuga David, who additionally glided by the title “Otoniel,” led a 6000-member militarized cartel that controls huge swaths of territory within the Urabá area of Antioquia, Colombia.
He dominated with a draconian hand, and ordered his minions to homicide dozens of rivals, police and perceived informants, prosecutors mentioned.
After a 2012 poice raid killed his brother, he ordered his cartel’s forces to close down the cities beneath his management. All companies had been compelled to shut and all residents instructed to remain of their houses for a number of days. He instructed the cartel members to execute anybody they came upon violating his curfew.
He commanded a merciless destiny for one minion, who leaked data to a rival. The turncoat was tortured, buried alive, exhumed and beheaded autopsy, prosecutors mentioned.
He despatched out groups to kill Colombian regulation enforcement and army personnel with grenades, explosives and assault rifles, and supplied bounties for the homicide of cops and members of the army.
As a part of his plea settlement, Usuga David agreed to show over $216 million.
He faces a compulsory minimal of 20 years behind bars. Beneath the phrases of his extradition from Colombia, federal prosecutors have agreed to not search a life sentence, although there’s no restrict on what number of years he can obtain when he’s sentenced.