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Colombian Clan Del Golfo drug cartel leader faces justice in United States

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

An alleged ranking member of the Clan Del Golfo has been extradited to the United States to face numerous drug trafficking and money laundering charges. 41-year-old Joaquin Guillermo David-Usuga was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 16, 2018. Colombian authorities took him into custody in November of that year. He was extradited and landed in Houston on Wednesday.

David-Usuga is believed to be a ranking member of the Colombian drug cartel Clan Del Golfo, which the Department of Justice designated as one of the most serious transnational organized criminal organizations that threatens the United States. The indictment alleges Joaquin Guillermo David-Usuga is the cousin of Dairo Antonio Usuga David (photo right), the known supreme commander of the Clan Del Golfo and designated as one of DEA’s most wanted fugitives.

Moving keys

The indictment alleges David-Usuga was involved in the importation of kilogram quantities of cocaine into the United States. He is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine internationally and one count of international cocaine distribution.

He was allegedly involved in an ongoing five-year conspiracy to distribute cocaine from Colombia to the United States. In May 2019, he and others participated in distributing approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine in Colombia knowing it was to be imported into the United States, according to the allegations.

“No one is untouchable”

“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. “His arrest, and now extradition, fulfills the FBI and DOJ's permanent pledge to identify and disrupt the top suspected transnational criminal groups potentially threatening the health, safety and prosperity of the American people and its allies.”

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