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Crime World Extra: The dramatic takedown of Colombia's most notorious drug lord

How the boss of the so-called Gulf Cartel, notorious kingpin Dario Antonio Usaga, was finally captured last week in his jungle hideout

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World investigations editor

Nicola Tallant

It’s been described as the biggest blow against the Colombian drug cartels since the famous takedown of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s.

Seven years since he was declared an enemy of the state and the boss of the so-called Gulf Cartel, notorious kingpin Dario Antonio Usaga, aka 'Otoniel', was finally captured last week in his jungle hideout.

But who is the 50-year-old crime lord who has been flooding the US with drugs and what effect will his arrest have on the world’s biggest cocaine producer.

Nicola Tallant talks to journalist and author Toby Muse about the billionaire warlord with a penchant for young girls, his rise to the top of Colombia’s drug ladder, his use of black magic rituals to protect his shipments and his bleak future in a US jail.

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