2015 was a big year for the global “War On Drugs,” as vast amounts of cocaine and heroin were seized by authorities here and abroad. The US Coast Guard recorded the largest seizure of cocaine in history a few months back, seizing 32 metric tonnes worth $1 billion. The Colombian authorities got it in, too, in 2015, seizing 160 tons of cocaine from smugglers. They have continued this streak into 2016. Late yesterday (January 12), the Colombian government reported that the police there confiscated two tons of blow worth $60 million, according to Reuters.
According to reports, the shipment was intercepted in a parking lot in the Caribbean tourist city and port town Cartegena. The shipment is said to belong to the Usuga Clan, a close ally of El Chapo’s Sinaloa cartel, led by fugitive outlaw Dairo Antonio Usuga a.k.a. “Otoniel” (pictured above). The two ton shipment was said to be headed to Mexico, where it would be imported into the United States, according to 20 Minutos.
Univision reported that the Otoniel and the Colombian Usuga Clan are the Sinaloa cartel’s the leading supplier of cocaine. Similar to El Chapo’s status before he was arrested, the feds in the United States and overseas are hot for Otoniel. Univision writes:
The head of the “Clan Usuga”, is wanted by authorities in Colombia and the United States, which offered a reward of five million dollars for his capture.
The FBI attributed to Dairo Usuga crimes drug trafficking, murder, extortion, forced displacement and illegal possession of firearms, among others. “Otoniel” is considered highly violent and network of influence reaches Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Spain and Honduras. Its headquarters is located in the region of Urabá, Colombia.