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Colombia’s most feared drug baron Daniel Rendon-Herrera extradited to Brooklyn to face federal drug trafficking indictment

April 28, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Colombia’s most feared drug baron Daniel Rendon-Herrera extradited to Brooklyn to face federal drug trafficking indictment

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Daniel Rendon-Herrera, the reputed boss of Colombia’s largest and most fearsome criminal organization has been extradited to the United States face federal charges in Brooklyn.

Rendon-Herrera, also known as “Don Mario” led the Clan Usuga which smuggled tons of cocaine from Colombia to Central America through Mexico and ultimately destinated for the U.S., according to Brooklyn federal prosecutors.

Using a translator, Rendon-Herrera appeared in court where he entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, Fox5 New York reported.

He was sporting the same hoodie and track pants he was wearing when he arrived in the United States on Monday.

Former militia commander Daniel Rendon Herrera (C) signs documents under the watchful eye of Interpol agents in Bogota, Colombia. before boarding a flight to the U.S.  EPA-EFE/Colombian National Police

Prosecutors indicated that Rendon-Herrera’s crew used gunmen to expand their territory— just like another drug lord locked up in New York City on federal charges, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman, the nefarious leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel.

Guzman was extradited from Mexico in 2017 to face a myriad of charges in Brooklyn. His trial is scheduled to begin in September.

Prosecutors added that Rendon-Herrera’s crew used strategies very similar to those of ‘El Chapo’ to intimidate those who tried to oppose or shut down their alleged criminal activities.

U.S. federal authorities say the group imported multi-ton quantities of drugs into the U.S. from 2003 until 2014.

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn indicted Daniel Rendon-Herrera in 2014. He has remained in custody in Colombia since 2009.

U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said American officials are “committed to cooperating with international partners to dismantle illicit organizations like Clan Usuga and stem the destructive effects wrought by this violent criminal group.”

James Hunt, special agent-in-charge with the DEA, referred to Rendon-Herrera as “the most feared narco-terrorist in Colombia. He is known as the man who ignited Clan Usaga’s reign of terror while besieging the U.S. with hundreds of tons of cocaine.”

This month, federal officials announced a $20 million reward for the capture of Mexican cartel leader Rafael Caro-Quintero. Caro-Quintero is listed on the FBI’s ten most wanted list — and he’s also been indicted out of Brooklyn Federal Court.

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