Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord: ‘El Loco’ is Colombia’s ‘most-feared drug lord’

In Colombia, Dario Antonio Usuga is known as “Otoniel,” the country’s “most-feared drug lord.” He is also known as “El Loco,” “El Explosivo” and “El Peñón del Mundo,” for his penchant for pure attention….

Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord: ‘El Loco’ is Colombia’s ‘most-feared drug lord’

In Colombia, Dario Antonio Usuga is known as “Otoniel,” the country’s “most-feared drug lord.” He is also known as “El Loco,” “El Explosivo” and “El Peñón del Mundo,” for his penchant for pure attention.

The FBI said, “The nickname ‘El Loco’ is certainly fitting when one thinks of this extraordinarily brutal man. He is one of the top 10 most-wanted criminals in the world. He is known as a master of subterfuge and remains at large to this day.”

In a fact sheet put out by Colombia’s police, they say that Usuga started his criminal career with trafficking cocaine from Ecuador in the 1980s. “He branched out with gangland-style revenge murders. Dario Antonio Usuga is known for his survival and independence, as he goes incognito in the world of crime,” the police note.

As the years passed, he continued his criminal career, making his bones in the drug ring Los Pepes, and is thought to have a number of links with criminal organizations, including the BLO (a BLO member since 1948) and the ELN (Bolivarian National Liberation Army, fighting the Colombian government for almost 50 years).

The police note, “He directly runs one of the most important drug trafficking organizations in Colombia that includes the extreme paramilitary descendants of right-wing paramilitaries, the BLOs and the ELN.”

An account in National Geographic puts it this way: “After the military occupation of the FARC’s stronghold of Antioquia, in 2010, all remaining FARC members were displaced or killed. Some of them fled to the ELN camps. When the ELN was weakened by the government’s eradication, criminal activity went up and with it was an array of criminal activities — chiefly, drug trafficking.”

And no less than the FBI described Usuga’s collection of crimes, “This powerful drug lord is implicated in gruesome murders, including of DEA officers.”

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