Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Police kill suspected drug baron

Crime ring leader Juan de Dios Usuga died in a fight with Colombian police in Choco state

Colombian police have killed the leader of a major crime ring involved in drug trafficking.

Police said Juan de Dios Usuga died in a fight with police in Choco state.

National Police Deputy Director General Jose Leon said Usuga led the gang Los Urabenos and had formerly been a right-wing paramilitary fighter. Such gangs in Colombia include large contingents of ex-paramilitary fighters.

Mr Leon said Usuga was wanted for involvement in killings and other crimes.

Usuga was a lieutenant of drug lord Daniel Rendon Herrera, who was captured in a 2009 raid.

President Juan Manuel Santos praised the police in a Twitter message and said one police officer died in the operation.

Mr Leon said five of Usuga's men were arrested.

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