Dario Antonio Usuga David is popularly known as Dario Otoniel. He is a Colombian trafficker and drug Lord, he is also the leader of the popular drug cartel known as, ‘Urabeños.’ He is popular known with an intense long list of criminal records; sending dozen of shipments of cocaine to the United States, sexually abusing children, killing several police officers, recruiting minors to work for him, and a lot more that would leave you at the edge of your seat. Who is Dario Otoniel? How old is Dario Otoniel? What is Dario Otoniel net worth?
Dario Otoniel with the famous nickname, ‘Otoniel,’ was arrested in October 2021, and has about 32 issued warrants for his arrest. Otoniel is also the leader of a trafficking group called, ‘Gulf Clan.’ In this article, you will find out all you need to know about Dario Otoniel, and all his crimes.
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The Early Life of Daniel Otoniel
He is 51 years old, born on September 15, 1971, in Necocli, Antioquia, Colombia. Although there is not much information about Dario Otoniel’s childhood, school or even his personal life and relationship, it is publicly known that he was a member of a communist guerilla group called, ‘Popular Liberation Army.’ Unfortunately the group disbanded in 1991. He also joined United self-defences of Colombia, a paramilitary group.
Dario Otoniel’s Career
In 2005, he started working for Daniel Tendon Herrera, after a while the reins changed as Dario Otoniel and his brother, Juan de Dios Usuga, called ‘Giovanni,’ became the leaders and controlled Los Urabeños. That turn of event was the beginning of Dario Otoniel net worth growth.
Unfortunately his brother, Giovanni, got shot during a police raid in 2009, it was left to Dario Otoniel to take full leadership of the drug cartel. In 2011, the police became unsettled, and started planning for his arrest. It did not take long for about 1200 Colombian anti-drug police to begin the search for Dario Otoniel, an action that was publicly announced by the British Broadcasting Corporation, (BBC). In 2017, the search for Dario Otoniel doubled, as the Colombian anti-drug police were not the only organisation in search of him.
The United States also wanted Dario Otoniel, and offered a $5million reward for any information on the whereabouts of Dario Otoniel. After the Colombian anti-trafficking police saw that another country was after their man, they also made a very memorable move, by spreading fliers, from a helicopter. The message on the fliers was promising a $5 million reward for any information regarding Dario Otoniel’s whereabouts.
In that same year, Dario Otoniel got both the United States police and the Colombian police unsettled, by posting a video on Facebook, saying he was making them an offer for a negotiated surrender. After getting no positive response from any, he continued his illegal activities, and Dario Otoniel net worth kept growing.
In 2021, there was a high level of production of cocaine, which did not go unnoticed. It rattled the Colombian police, making them intensify their search efforts, as well as increase all the resources used for the search. Few months later, they were able to identify Dario Otoniel’s location, which was in the Uraba Antioquia region of North Western Colombia, near the Panamanian border. Sadly Dario Otoniel’s health led to his capture. You ask how? His hideout was identified when the Colombian police tracked his cartel members who were bringing a specific type of medication to treat his kidney disease.
On October 22, 2021, a military team with the code name, ‘El Blanco,’ found his exact location, with about a hundred troops, 20 helicopters, and 10 surveillance drones.
How was Daniel Otoniel Captured?
Since Dario Otoniel’s exact location was basically surrounded with water, they made sure to block the rivers and roads to avoid any surprising unknown escape routes. Navy ships were stationed offshore to prevent any escape by sea, and officers were lurking on every corner of the road. About 1800 cartel members were captured with the famous drug lord, Dario Otoniel on October 22, 2021. The Colombian government says, once they are done with him, they have plans to extradite him to the United States, where he also has several charges to face.
What is the Drug Lord’s Net Worth?
Dario Otoniel net worth is currently $1.2 billion, obtained from the high level of production and distribution of cocaine, as well as other illegal activities.