Godfather of the Urabeños gang is accused of sparking a security crisis in Medellín during more than a decade of brutal violence
Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord has been captured, President Ivan Duque said on Monday, according to media reports.
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“Godfather of the Urabeños cartel, Otoniel, is captured in the fourth month of my administration,” Duque tweeted from the presidential palace in Bogotá, where he congratulated security forces and paid tribute to the fallen.
Justo Noguera Obregon, nicknamed “Otoniel” and the “narcos” or “liquivore” in English, is believed to be at least 57 and could be 70.
Otoniel has been accused of sparking a security crisis in Medellín during more than a decade of brutal violence, prompting calls from the president to bring an end to the operation.
At the time of his arrest, he was armed with a new rifle after withdrawing from his location as usual for the daily morning meal, local media said.
Following Otoniel’s arrest, Duque returned to Bogotá for talks with opponents of a constitutional reform plan that he plans to push through Congress this autumn.