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Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, who was wanted for his alleged links to the Medellín cartel, was captured on Wednesday in San Salvador
Colombia’s most-wanted drug lord has been captured in El Salvador, authorities have said.
Juan Carlos Ramirez Abadia, better known as “Otoniel”, was captured on Wednesday in San Salvador, the country’s national police said. He was expected to be extradited to Colombia later in the day.
The arrest followed a years-long manhunt for the 61-year-old, who had been wanted for ties to drug trafficking and mafia groups.
“The armed forces are taking you to a prison in Bogotá where you’ll be re-arrested,” the tweet from the police said.
Otoniel was indicted in the US in 2006 and has been on the DEA’s most-wanted list since 2012. His father was also on the list.
The son was arrested twice in the US: once in 2003 and again in 2006.
He had survived an attack last year when security forces killed his brothers and a key former Medellín cartel member in the Colombian city of Cali.
Otoniel’s brother, Patricio, led the Cali cartel. His brother Fernando was also on the DEA’s most-wanted list. His wife is also on the list.
The Medellín Cartel was one of the most powerful criminal organisations in history, controlling smuggling routes into the US and Australia in the 1980s and early 1990s.