Colombian cartel leader extradited to the US on international drug charges

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EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – A member of a notorious Colombian cartel was extradited to the United States on Wednesday on a number of drug trafficking and money laundering charges.

Joaquin Guillermo David-Usuga, 41, was indicted in Aug. 2018 and arrested by Colombian authorities in November 2018. On Wednesday he was extradited and turned over to United State law enforcement in Houston.

“Arrests like these are a direct result of what the president has reiterated we must do to immediately attack organizations that traffic narcotics and other criminality into the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

The United States Attorney’s Office said David-Usuga is a ranking member of the Clan Del Golfo cartel and the cousin of Dairo Antonio Usuga David, the commander of the cartel and one of the DEA’s most wanted fugitives.

In his position, David-Usuga allegedly was part of the importing of cocaine into the United States over a five-year period. He is facing a charge of conspiracy to distribute cocaine internationally and one count of international cocaine distribution.

“David-Usugal is alleged to be the Clan del Golfo’s chief drug trafficker and money launderer, but couldn’t escape the U.S. arm of justice. No one is untouchable, even in Clan del Golfo controlled-territory in rural Colombia,” said SAC Perrye K. Turner.

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