NEW YORK (HPD) — A judge is expected to sentence Daniel Rendon-Herrera, former head of the Clan del Golfo and one of Colombia’s most wanted drug traffickers, in a Brooklyn court Monday, the New York eastern district attorney’s office said. York.
The 56-year-old Colombian pleaded guilty in November to offering support to a designated terrorist organization and leading an illicit enterprise continuously in connection with drug trafficking. This last charge, which includes crimes of distribution of cocaine and conspiring to carry out murders, carries a minimum of 20 years in prison.
Rendón-Herrera, also known as “Don Mario,” was extradited to the United States in April 2018, at which time he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was captured in April 2009 in an area of the department of Antioquia after more than 10 months of intelligence operations. The US authorities assure that between June 2003 and December 2014, his organization – the Clan Úsuga, previously known as Los Urabeños – sent shipments of several tons of cocaine to the United States from Colombia through Mexico and Central America. The Clan Úsuga is known as the Clan del Golfo or Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.
According to the indictment from the Southern District of New York, the Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia were a bloc of the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), which was designated a terrorist organization by the United States in 2001.